Healthy People & Environment


A healthy population is essential to a prosperous future for Washington state. A healthy workforce is critical to compete in the global economy and healthy kids learn better in school. Wise investments in a high-quality healthcare system, as well as investments in clean air, water, and land protect public health and enhance quality of life for everyone.


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How to Lower Costs of Climate Change Policies for Consumers

May 19, 2009 - The Budget and Policy Center is releasing a new policy brief today on a federal climate rebate proposal.

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.
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Budget Matters 2017 Save the Date

Save the Date!

We will host two Budget Matters policy summits this year – one in Spokane on October 31 and one in Seattle on December 6! 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. More details coming soon!

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

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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