Policy Areas

State Budget: 

Washington state faces budget challenges that threaten our ability to maintain public priorities like educating our children, ensuring communities are safe, providing health care for the uninsured, and protecting the environment. These problems are not new, nor will they go away without addressing the fundamental flaws in our tax code. 

State Revenue:

The economic recession in the last decade continues to take a significant toll on the state's ability to maintain important investments in education, health, communities and the environment. But even in good times, state revenue, which comes largely from retail sales and business & occupancy taxes, does not keep pace with the need. The Budget & Policy Center publishes research and analysis on improving the state’s revenue system to raise ample revenue and create a more equitable tax code.

Jobs & the Economy:

Washington state's economy is growing, but both the quantity and quality of jobs remain cause for concern. While some areas of our state are experiencing low unemployment, many rural counties in particular have unemployment rates up to double the national average. Many people, especially women and people of color, are working part-time because they cannot find full-time work. And while Washington state has been at the forefront of the movement to ensure workers make a higher minimum wage, the high cost of housing in many areas nevertheless makes it extremely difficult for many people to make ends meet. 

Our economy requires workers to acquire new skills to stay competitive in the global job market. Washington must develop policies that train our residents for the jobs of tomorrow while helping them meet their basic needs today.

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Policy Summit You're InvitedSign Up and Save the Date!

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)! The Spokane summit, featuring Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will focus on the impact of federal and state policy decisions on eastern Washington communities. The Seattle summit, featuring Glenn Harris of Race Forward, will examine what it would take to lift up everyone to advance progress in our state. Find out more.

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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