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Updated revenue forecast brings mixed news

March 15, 2007 - The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released an updated revenue forecast today with both good news and bad news for the state budget. Read the update

Balancing Adequacy and Equity in Washington State’s Property Tax

February 27, 2007 - The property tax in Washington State funds essential local priorities such as education, fire protection, and hospitals. New research by the Center explores the opportunity for the state to ensure adequate funding for these essential public programs while addressing the existing inequities in the system.

Tax Expenditure Reports A Tool for Transparent, Timely Budgeting

February 13, 2007 - A proposal to require reporting on the full impacts and costs of the hundreds of tax exemptions and special tax breaks is once again under consideration by the legislature.

State could do more to support struggling families: Benefit levels have not kept up with the cost of living

January 2007 - The monthly WorkFirst cash assistance benefit is a key part of the state’s social safety net, but it has not been increased since 1993.

1990s state tax cuts have limited Washington State's ability to fund public priorities

December 21, 2006 - The strong economy and resulting revenue growth of the middle and late 1990s led 44 states to cut taxes. Read the full update

Governor Gregoire's budget for 2007-2009 biennium released today

December 19, 2006 - Today, Governor Gregoire released her two-year budget proposal for 2007 to 2009, the starting point for the legislature when they convene in January.

New Revenue Forecast Numbers

November 16, 2006 - Today, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released preliminary results from their quarterly forecast of the economy, including updated projections of how much revenue the state will collect in coming years. Read the full update

Fiscal FAQ's: The Estate Tax

October 18, 2006 - “Fiscal FAQs” (Frequently Asked Questions) are a new series of publications by the Washington State Budget and Policy Center that are designed to demystify complex fiscal issues in Washington State.

Updated state economic and revenue projection

September 20, 2006 - Today, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released preliminary results from their quarterly forecast of the economy, including updated projections of how much revenue the state will collect in coming years.

New analysis of Census Bureau data: New data shows economic growth has made little progress for working families

August 29, 2006 - It has been four years since the national recession that started and ended in 2001. New data from the Census Bureau gives us an opportunity to compare today's Washington State economy with that of 2000, before the recession. Read the full update.

New Federal Estate Tax Bill would lower the Washington Minimum Wage for many workers

August 1, 2006 - It has been ten years this month since the last time Congress passed a federal minimum wage increase, despite perennial proposals to do so.

Proposed federal estate tax changes would continue recent trend of cutting taxes for wealthiest Washingtonians

July 12, 2006 - Congress appears poised to dismantle the federal estate tax, polishing off a sixth year of dramatically negative changes to the federal tax system.

Structural deficit looms despite short-term good news: Budget structure hurts low and moderate-income Washingtonians

June 15, 2006 - Today, the state Economic and Revenue Forecasting Council (ERFC) released their quarterly revenue projection. Our report finds that despite the recent good news that revenue collections have exceeded original projections, Washington's future fiscal balance remains precarious.

How would a repeal or near repeal of the Federal Estate Tax Impact Washington?

June 5, 2006 - Legislation is moving this week in the Senate to repeal the federal estate tax, a move that would cut federal funding by a trillion dollars over ten years.

Medicaid: Over a million low-income Washington residents face new health care barriers

February, 2006 - Changes in the Medicaid program are the most significant in the budget agreement.

Child Welfare: Washington State's child welfare system stands to lose millions under the Federal Budget Conference Agreement

February, 2006 - The budget agreement significantly reduces federal funds available to our state’s child welfare system and to Washington families that provide homes for relative children in foster care.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): New federal welfare requirements pose tough choices for Washington

February, 2006 - The budget agreement makes the most significant changes to the TANF program since it was enacted in 1996 – effectively ending years of debate regarding the program’s reauthorization.

How the 2006 Federal Budget Agreement matters to Washington State: Impact on low and moderate-income Washingtonians

February, 2006 - This brief describes fiscal and policy changes to other key areas included in the budget agreement.

Governor Gregoire’s Rainy Day Fund Proposal: Potential Benefits and Serious Limitations

January 17, 2006 - Governor Gregoire’s call for the creation of a rainy day fund in Washington State has merit in that it could provide much needed budgetary flexibility in cushioning the negative impacts of cyclical economic downturns, according to this policy brief on the Governor's proposal by the Budget & Policy Center.
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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)! 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

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