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.

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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.

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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