State Budget

Capitol -- horizontalWidely shared prosperity does not happen by accident. It happens when we deliberately invest in the foundations of a strong economy – broad and equal opportunity to good-paying jobs, safe and strong communities, access to great schools, clean air and water. These kinds of critical investments foster economic growth.

Washington state’s investments should:

•    Provide opportunity for all. When Washingtonians have access to great schools, health care, transportation, and work supports, they have the opportunity to prosper. And this can lead to improved long-term outcomes for families, communities, and the economy.

•    Ensure everyone can meet basic needs. When people hit hard times, they should not go without the basics: food, housing, and basic health care. State investments must protect seniors and people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and they must ensure that working families have the opportunity to get back on their feet.

•    Advance racial equity. A person’s opportunity to get ahead should not be determined by their race, ethnicity, or zip code. All our state institutions – schools, health and human services, the justice and tax systems – must undo policies and systems that perpetuate structural racism. (Click here to read the Budget & Policy Center’s statement on equity.)

•    Create shared prosperity. A key foundation of a strong economy is a thriving middle class. That means jobs with good pay, strong benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Policymakers need to make targeted investments that strengthen the economic security of middle-income Washingtonians and provide people with low incomes the opportunity to move up the economic ladder.

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Related research:

Structural deficit looms despite short-term good news: Budget structure hurts low and moderate-income Washingtonians

June 15, 2006 - Today, the state Economic and Revenue Forecasting Council (ERFC) released their quarterly revenue projection. Our report finds that despite the recent good news that revenue collections have exceeded original projections, Washington's future fiscal balance remains precarious.

Child Welfare: Washington State's child welfare system stands to lose millions under the Federal Budget Conference Agreement

February, 2006 - The budget agreement significantly reduces federal funds available to our state’s child welfare system and to Washington families that provide homes for relative children in foster care.

How the 2006 Federal Budget Agreement matters to Washington State: Impact on low and moderate-income Washingtonians

February, 2006 - This brief describes fiscal and policy changes to other key areas included in the budget agreement.

Governor Gregoire’s Rainy Day Fund Proposal: Potential Benefits and Serious Limitations

January 17, 2006 - Governor Gregoire’s call for the creation of a rainy day fund in Washington State has merit in that it could provide much needed budgetary flexibility in cushioning the negative impacts of cyclical economic downturns, according to this policy brief on the Governor's proposal by the Budget & Policy Center.
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