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.

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 were founded in 2005, when policy experts and business people all came to the same conclusion. The state would never solve its persistent problems unless fiscal policies were more just and adequate.

They imagined the Center to come up with fresh, practical alternatives to public policies that fail everyday Washingtonians.

To further that mission, our respected policy analysts seek to shape our state’s budget discussions. We pay particular attention to how Washington’s spending and revenue practices impact families with low and moderate incomes.

We’ve added to the public discourse over ballot measures that affect state fiscal policies by providing detailed analysis of their impacts on everyday families.

We’ve offered analysis and policy ideas like the Working Families Tax Rebate and improvements that can be made on state social programs. We also work with a broad base of advocacy groups, policymakers and local coalitions on a number of areas.

What we do:

  • Comprehensive budget and policy analysis: We identify and analyze current fiscal issues and priorities; track budgeting trends over time; and analyze the impact of both revenue and spending policies on Washingtonians – especially low and moderate-income residents.
  • Alternative proposals and effective solutions: We provide analyses and evidence-based alternatives in all areas of budget and fiscal policy. We develop budget solutions, long-term fiscal strategies, and identify best practices from other states as alternatives to existing programs and policies.
  • Public awareness and civic engagement: We use our research and analysis to educate the public about the facts, enabling greater civic understanding and participation in state budgeting matters. We use many methods of communication to ensure that our findings have the greatest impact on public policy debates.

Our Supporters

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center receives its funding through the generous support of community leaders, organizations, and the following foundations:

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Campion Foundation, Equality Network Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Progress Alliance, Stoneman Family Foundation, and The Seattle Foundation.


We are the Washington state representative in the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a consortium of organizations knit together by the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Washington State Budget and Policy Center is also a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), a network of state and regional research and advocacy organizations focused on advancing progressive policies coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute.  

In partnership with Children's Alliance, we are also a member of the national KIDS COUNT network as the Washington KIDS COUNT affiliate.  The KIDS COUNT network is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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We're Hiring!

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic Policy Analyst to join our team.

Our Legislative Agenda

During the 2016 legislative session, the Budget & Policy Center continues to promote several of the common-sense policy ideas we developed for the 2015-2017 bienniumOur Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Budget Beat 

Listen to our Budget Beat about the I-1366 court decision. It features Senator David Frockt (D-46) and Pacifica Law Group Partner Kymberly Evanson. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We are testifying in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that will take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's testimony  (at the 9:25 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.