Who We Are

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Our Mission

To use research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.

Why We Do Our Work

At the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, we believe that Washington can be a state where all children have access to great schools; where people earn what they need to support themselves and their families; where our environment is healthy and our economy is strong; and where all communities can thrive. And we believe that a person’s race or ethnicity should not determine their health, income, wealth, educational attainment, or access to opportunity. 

We recognize that the Washington state budget is an essential tool to invest in progress, and we work to ensure the budget advances the well-being of our state and its people.

What We Do

We advocate for elected leaders and decision makers to: ensure the state budget and tax code sustainably and equitably invest in the priorities that serve all Washingtonians; and advance social and economic policies that lift up families with low and moderate incomes, eliminate disparities based on race, and give all Washingtonians the opportunity to thrive.

How We Do Our Work

In all of our work, we keep equity front and center – by paying attention to how policies differently impact communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, language, and ability. (See our statement on equity.)

We also take a big-picture view of our state budget within the framework of our Progress Index, which focuses on six areas – economic security; education; healthy people & environment; community development & trust; great jobs; and revenue. We reject efforts to advance one area of progress at the expense of another. 

We are a trusted leader in:  

  • Developing and advancing innovative economic and social policy proposals, based on rock solid research and analysis.
  • Analyzing how budget and policy decisions affect investments in the priorities that serve us all, and ensuring that our analysis gets in the hands of decision makers and influencers.
  • Shifting the public debate around issues related to taxes, the economy, and Washingtonians’ well-being through strategic communications with decision makers, key partners, the general public, and the media. (Sign up for our schmudget blog.)
  • Building strong and inclusive coalitions with local and statewide networks of community leaders, coalitions, and grassroots advocates who work tirelessly to promote policies that would make our state a better place.
  • Helping to engage the community and allies with our policy priorities through ongoing outreach, including presentations at civic events, webinars, and our annual Budget Matters policy event.

    Our History and Impact

    In 2005, a visionary group of public policy experts, community leaders, and social justice advocates joined forces to create a nonpartisan organization that would ensure that Washington state invests in the priorities that create a more just and prosperous state. A year later, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center was officially open for business. Since that time, we have played a role in leading and supporting many significant policy successes in our state. Some highlights:

    For more about our impact, take a look at our 10-year anniversary celebration highlights


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HIGHLIGHTS

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We will host two Budget Matters policy summits this year – one in Spokane on October 31 and one in Seattle on December 6! 

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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