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 build knowledge and skills, adequate compensation and support for workers, and targeted investments in conditions that foster economic growth.

 

Washington state’s investments should:

  • Provide opportunity for all. Opportunities that most Washingtonians need to prosper—access to high-quality education, health care, transportation, clean environment, and work supports—are cost-effective and improve long-term outcomes for families, communities, and the economy.
  • Create better jobs. A thriving middle class is dependent on having enough jobs that allow Washingtonians to get ahead, and policies that reward workers for their productivity. In addition, jobs that maintain our physical infrastructure (construction and maintenance on schools, roads, bridges, transportation) and build knowledge and skills (teachers, job trainers, social workers) strengthen the foundation of a strong economy.

When more people have a chance to reach their full potential and enough economic security to make investments in their future, our economy will grow.

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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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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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