Progress Index

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Measuring Shared Prosperity in Washington State

PI cover thumbnailIndividuals, children, families, businesses, and communities all benefit from state investments in high-quality education, a clean environment, economic development, a healthy workforce, and a good quality of life. Without these investments, social and economic progress is impossible.

The Progress Index is a tool that measures Washington state's progress in several key areas. It shows how budget and policy decisions affect shared prosperity. And it offers strategies that policymakers can adopt to ensure that our state is moving in the right direction. 

In addition to informing policymakers, the extensive data and analysis presented in the Index can also be used to start important conversations, mobilize communities, and inspire change. Armed with a better understanding of the work that needs to be done, we can all take steps to become a state where everyone can share in prosperity. 

Read the full Progress Index

Or to go directly to an individual section of the Index, click on the links below. Each section offers analysis about a critical progress area for Washington state:

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Washington state should have an economy in which all Washingtonians can meet their basic needs and have opportunities to remain stable during a personal crisis or economic downturn. Read more.

 

 

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Washington state should have a world-class system for all students, with high-quality teachers, curriculum, and enrichment activities throughout early learning, K-12, and higher education. Read more.

 

 

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Washington state should be a society in which everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life, with affordable options for health care and the opportunity to live in an environment with clean air, water, and land. Read more.

 

  

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Washington state should offer a qualify of life in which residents have the freedom to live, work, and play; and our state government should foster trust by making decisions out in the open. Read more.

 

 

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Washington state should offer an abundance of high-quality, living wage jobs that support a strong middle class and that retain and attract the best talent and businesses to our state. Read more.

 

 

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Washington state should have a stable, dependable, and equitable tax system that ensures there are adequate resources to invest in equal opportunities for our children, families, businesses, and communities. Read more.

 

 

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We're Hiring!

We are looking for an experienced Deputy Director to manage the internal operations of our team of policy analysts and communications and outreach experts. Our ideal candidate will have research and analysis experience as well as a commitment to team-building and staff development. Priority review will be given to candidates who apply by May 30. Find out more.

You're Invited

Join us and Partners for Our Children for "Forum on Poverty: The Impact on Children and Families" on May 26, 12-4 pm, in Burien. Our policy analyst Elena Hernandez will be a speaker at this forum that will discuss how we can advance policies that prevent intergenerational poverty. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but you can email Partners for Our Children to get on the waitlist. 

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.