Budget Matters 2016 Policy Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended Budget Matters 2016! You can see presentation materials from the conference as well the TVW footage of our morning plenary here

Wednesday, November 16
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

#BudgetMatters16 will return to its full-day conference format this year! In celebration of the Budget & Policy Center's 10-year anniversary, it will highlight the progress our state has made in the past decade toward becoming more just, prosperous, and equitable for everyone. The conference will also focus on how we can lay the groundwork for making ever-more progress in the 2017 legislative session and beyond.
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Meet Our Keynote Speakers
Event Details
Our Event Sponsors


The Keynote Presentations: 


Dr. Manuel PastorLooking Forward: Racial Equity, Just Growth, and the American Future

Dr. Pastor is professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. He is the co-author of several books, including Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future. His research focuses on the economic, environmental, and social conditions facing low-income urban communities.

Anat_Shenker-Osorio_photoAnat Shenker-OsorioUnited We Stand: New Messaging Research to Move People on Economic, Environmental, Education, and Racial Justice

Anat is a communications expert, researcher, and author of Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy. Anat applies tools from cognitive science and linguistics to political discourse to understand how people reason on issues like economic justice, immigrant rights, and climate change. She has advised organizations that include the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. 

The Panels:

The panels will focus on: the state Supreme Court's McCleary mandate to fund schools; practical revenue solutions for the 2017-2019 budget and beyond; innovative strategies to promote good, living-wage jobs; reforming and addressing inequities in the criminal justice system; and more. See the line-up of panels here

The Details:

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Washington State Convention Center, 6th Floor; Seattle, WA
Cost*: $115 (Registration deadline is November 11.) 
Food: Lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

See the full schedule of the day.


*A limited amount of discounted tickets are available for groups. Email Precious Butiu at preciousb(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org for more info.

Who Attends: 

The annual Budget Matters event draws more than 300 policymakers, community leaders, advocates, students, and more from across the state. The conference is inclusive to anyone who wants to attend. It is intended to be a forum for people from a wide range of communities.

Who We Are:

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center is a policy organization that works to create a just and prosperous Washington state through sound research. We seek to advance the well-being of communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all, and support the essential role of government in promoting a prosperous society.

The Sponsors:

BMC16 Sponsor logos 10-18 
Questions about the conference? Contact Precious Butiu at preciousb(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org  or 206.262.0973, ext. 224.


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Budget Beat!

We host regular Budget Beat webinars throughout legislative session to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. See our most recent Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as well as other previous Budget Beats on our YouTube channel

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team is in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our recent testimonies on TVW:
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View Our School Funding Plenary 

Roxana_BMC_plenary_2016View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond." Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW, the plenary features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after an intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.