Budget Matters 2017 Spokane

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Join us for our Eastern Washington Policy Summit!
Tuesday, October 31, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center Ballroom, Spokane
Keynote: Jared Bernstein. Plenary moderator: Gary Stokes
Tickets: $30 until October 27 (After that date and at the door, tickets will cost $40)


About the Event:

Eastern Washington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. But far too many people in this community are just one accident or mishap from financial catastrophe. Yet policymakers in Washington D.C. are proposing deep cuts to federal programs that support the regional economy and help our neighbors have food on the table and a roof over their heads. Our regional economy is stronger when everyone can share in economic growth. We need to come together to protect Washington state from policies that would leave us under-resourced as we seek to ensure prosperity in our region.
At the Spokane Budget Matters summit, you’ll hear from Jared Bernstein on how our state can implement strong fiscal and social policies to grow the economy and generate shared prosperity. You will also hear from a panel of local leaders about the impact of federal and state policy decisions on Eastern Washington's communities, moderated by KSPS Public TV General Manager Gary Stokes.


Networking coffee and light breakfast

Welcoming remarks
Misha Werschkul, Washington State Budget & Policy Center executive director

Plenary panel: How federal and state policy proposals would impact eastern Washington's shared prosperity
Moderated by Gary Stokes, KSPS Public TV general manager. The panelists are: Francis Adewale, Spokane public defender and founder of Spokane's Community Court; Alison Carl White, executive director of Better Health Together; and Nadine Van Stone, vice president of crisis response and shelters at Catholic Charities Spokane. Julie Watts, deputy director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, will start the discussion with a policy update from Washington, D.C.

Keynote: The pathways toward a thriving economy for Washington state
Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities senior fellow

Closing statements
Sumayyah Waheed, All In For Washington director

More guest speakers to be announced soon

About the Keynote Speaker:

Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. He is a leading national commentator on the economy. In his book, The Reconnection Agenda, Bernstein offers real solutions for how we can address a fundamental national problem: economic growth can no longer be counted on to deliver broadly shared prosperity.

Click here for Information about scholarship opportunities to help offset the price of tickets. And if you'd like to volunteer at the summit, please email bnpinfo(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org. (Volunteers will have the opportunity to have their ticket cost waived.)

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We will host two Budget Matters policy summits this year – one in Spokane on October 31 (register now) and one in Seattle on December 6 (registration coming soon)! 

Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Budget Beat!

Check out the Budget Beat webinars we hosted throughout the 2017 legislative session, including our most recent Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on our YouTube channel

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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