Our Mission

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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.

The seed for our organization was planted in 2005 when a group of 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 envisioned the Center as a place that would come up with fresh, practical alternatives to public policies that fail everyday Washingtonians. The Center began its work in 2006. 

Since that time, our respected policy analysts have been shaping our state’s budget discussions. We help shape the debates over fiscal policies, legislation, and ballot measures by providing analysis of their impacts on kids, families, workers, and communities. We pay particular attention to how Washington’s spending and revenue practices impact families with low and moderate incomes, as well as how they advance racial equity.

We’ve offered policy ideas like the Working Families Tax Rebate and the capital gains tax as solutions to our state's broken revenue system. And we've offered recommendations for how to protect essential programs, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, that keep people from falling behind. 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, Progress Alliance, Stoneman Family Foundation, and The Seattle Foundation.

Affiliations

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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HIGHLIGHTS

Watch Our Budget Beat Webinars

Visit our YouTube channel to watch our Budget Beat webinars. We host regular Budget Beats throughout legislative session to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. 

Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda

The Budget & Policy Center's agenda for the biennium calls for policymakers to build a prosperous, inclusive state by leading with equity -- and by ensuring our state is investing in the priorities that provide all Washingtonians with the opportunity to get ahead.

View Our School Funding Plenary 

View 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 with a budget overview by our Andy Nicholas, 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 a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.