State Economy

Worker (gif)Washington State, like the rest of the nation, is struggling from the effects of the recent economic recession. This downturn has been especially hard-hitting: unemployment has risen to record levels, increasingly people are living without health insurance, and more and more Washingtonians are receiving food stamps. In order to set the stage for economic recovery, lawmakers must take a balanced approach that includes careful spending cuts and revenue increases so that vital services are not eliminated at a time when people need them most.


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Economic Recovery Will Be Tied to Changes in Washington State’s Revenue System

Revenue Trends, a quarterly analysis of data and projections that impact public investments in Washington state.

Policy Agenda: Framework for Prosperity

We lay out specific recommendations for targeted investments that bring our state closer to providing prosperity for all Washingtonians. We also provide revenue options to help pay for those investments.

IN PURSUIT OF PROSPERITY: Eight Strategies to Rebuild Washington State's Economy

By Lori Pfingst, PhD As our newly elected leaders reconvene for next legislative session and beyond, it is important they recognize that widely shared prosperity doesn’t happen by accident. History, supported by persuasive research, proves that prosperity 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 adequate investments in conditions that foster economic growth.
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Our 2015-17 Legislative Agenda

Our 2015-17 Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable and sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that will promote a world-class education system, sustain a strong, inclusive middle class, produce high quality, living wage jobs, and ensure equal opportunity to live healthy and productive lives.  Take a closer look here.

Budget Matters 2014

Thank you to those who made Budget Matters 2014 a success! Stay tuned for pictures, video clips and PowerPoints from this year's conference.

Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

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