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Forecast further underlines need for revenue

June 20, 2008 - As a state, we have rightfully made significant long-term investments in public education, health care, and early learning.. Read the update

In Focus: Income gap growing in Washington State

April 9, 2008 - Despite the recent years of economic prosperity, the living standards of low- and middle-income families stagnated or even declined.

Senate Budget Largely In Line with House Proposal

February 26, 2008 - The Senate budget, released today, is broadly in line with the House budget released last week. Both budgets generally maintain the commitments made in the current budget and make small adjustments. Read the update

House Budget Maintains Commitments but Misses Opportunity to Invest in Economic Security

February 20, 2008 - The House budget maintains most of the state's commitment to providing essential support for families and children with lower incomes.

ON POINT: Better Choices for Economic Security

February 12, 2008 - In light of the pending revenue forecast, state leaders have the opportunity to make the right investments now to minimize the effects of the economic downturn on families, communities, and the regional economy.

A Tax Cut for Working Families

January, 2008 - The Washington State Budget & Policy Center has released a simple and effective proposal to provide a much-needed tax break for working families. Our proposal has resulted in state legislation.

Governor's Budget: Important Investments, Long-Term Challenges

December 18, 2007 - Today Governor Gregoire released her supplemental budget to make adjustments to ensure Washington State is able to meet developing or unexpected expenses.

New revenue projection is $132 million lower

November 15, 2007 - The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) today released its revised estimate of revenue for the current biennium. Compared to the estimate released in September, revenue is projected to be $132.4 million less. Read the update

Rethinking Property Tax Reform: A series of policy briefs with information and recommendations for Washington State's property tax

November, 2007 - An opportunity exists for Washington State to take a thoughtful and balanced approach to property tax reform.

New revenue forecast brings more welcome news

September 14, 2007 - The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released more good news today for Washington State. The latest forecast projects an additional $213 million for the 2007-09 biennium. Read the update

Census data backs need for children’s health insurance

August 28, 2007 - Census data released today indicates that tens of thousands of Washington children lack health insurance. Read the update

New analysis finds that Initiative 960 could have serious negative consequences for Washington State

August 6, 2007 - A new analysis of Initiative 960 completed by the Budget & Policy Center finds that the initiative will not further widely shared goals of improving government accountability and transparency.

New revenue forecast brings welcome news

June 14, 2007 - The State's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released good news today for Washington State--revenue projections for the 2005-07 and 2007-09 biennia have been increased by a combined $484 million. Today's news provides support for government investment in education, health care, and savings for a rainy day.

Washington State Ranks 36th in Levels of State and Local Taxation

May 22, 2007 - A Center policy brief analyzing a newly released United States Census Bureau data set of state and local taxation levels finds that in 2005 Washington State ranked in the bottom third of states in overall levels of state and local taxation, when measured as a percentage of personal income.

Balancing Adequacy and Equity with a Property Tax Circuit Breaker

March 28, 2007 - State legislators in Olympia are currently considering various proposals for property tax reform. One idea that has not yet been proposed here is a property tax circuit breaker, which would offer tax credits to lower and moderate income homeowners who are paying more than a certain threshold of income in property taxes. Read the policy brief

House budget proposal follows Governor's lead

March 20, 2007 - The budget released today by the House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee follows the same general script as the Governor's budget proposal. Read the update

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.
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