Spotlight on Equity
The Budget & Policy Center's Statement on Equity
Equity is just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. In the context of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center’s work, we believe equity is achieved when a Washingtonian’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status, language ability, or neighborhood of residence does not determine their health, income, wealth, educational attainment, or access to opportunity.
Inequities are not random, but are the consequences of past and persistent policy and budget decisions that are embedded and reinforced in our social, economic, and political systems, institutions, practices, and norms. As a statewide policy and research organization, we are committed to advancing equity by promoting key social and economic policies to dismantle barriers, grow great jobs, clean up our state tax code, build strong communities, expand access to opportunities, and improve the quality of life for all Washington residents.
We lead with race because racial inequities across all indicators for success are deep and pervasive. When we work to advance policies that eliminate racial inequity, we are better equipped to transform systems and institutions impacting other marginalized groups.
Research and Outreach Highlights:
- Early Learning Improves Kindergarten Readiness for All Kids in Washington State and Dramatically Reduces Disparities for Kids of Color (research brief)
- Budget Matters Policy Summit 2015 Panel: How to Advance Racial Equity in Policymaking (video)
- Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians (report)
- Facing Race 2015 (report)
- Few of us have escaped the pain of the Great Recession, but the downturn has had an especially severe impact on women in our state. Of the $10 billion in state spending cuts already made, 93 percent have targeted education, health, and human services – areas that disproportionally employ and serve women. This is taking a major toll on the economic well-being, health, and safety of women and their families.