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Email: remyt (at) budgetandpolicy.org

BPC in the News:

2014

The Stranger

"We Can't Address Climate Change Without Addressing Income Inequality." This op-ed, written by our Executive Director, Remy Trupin, and Tukwila City Councilman, De'Sean Quinn, explores the relationship between income inequality and climate change. (December 8, 2014)

Crosscut

"Minimum wage in Washington: Enough to make it?." Our Research Director, Lori Pfingst, is quoted in this article about the minimum wage debate in Washington state. (December 4, 2014)

The Stranger

"Washington State is Flying Blind in a Storm of Corporate Tax Breaks." Andy Nicholas is quoted in this article by The Stranger demonstrating that while "we are making modest but significant steps in the right direction on the broader transparency and accountability issues," there is still a great deal of work to be done. (November 19, 2014)

Publicola

"A 'Two-Way Relationship Between Climate Change and Inequality'." Publicola's Morning Fizz quote's the statement released by our Executive Director, Remy Trupin, regarding the final meeting the Governor Inslee's Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce.  Our statement applauded the Governor's leadership on climate change and called on policymakers to recognize the relationship between climate change and inequality. (November 18, 2014)

KPLU

"With McCleary Mandate Looming, Will Wash. Class Size Initiative Help or Hurt?" KPLU uses our budget analysis to inform their discussion of the I-1351 Class Size Initiative and what it could mean for the state's budget outlook. (October 30, 2014)

Publicola

"On Other Blogs Today: Class Size Costs." Publicola's daily roundup features Kim Justice's blog post highlighting the need for new revenue in order to fund the I-1351 Class Size Initiative. (October 2, 2014)

The Daily Record

"Editorial: No Easy Way Out of the State Budget Mess." The Editorial Board uses our analysis of the September revenue forecast in their discussion of the budget challenges lawmakers will face during the upcoming session. 'Washington State Budget & Policy Center projections expect tax revenues for the 2013-15 state budget cycle to exceed previous forecasts by about $170 million, and by about $140 million for the 2015-17 cycle.'  (September 24, 2014)

The Seattle Times

"Starving the Government Won't Fix It." Jerry Large cites our work (Revenue Trends) to describe the problems our tax system (and our own voting) have caused at the state, county and city levels. 'What remains inefficient and inadequate is the state’s tax system.  (September 24, 2014)

The Inlander

"Poverty is on the rise in Washington." The Inlander's online blog discussed the increased number of Washingtonians living in poverty.  'As the Washington State Budget and Policy Center notes, that's one in seven people earning less than $19,530 for a family of three.'  They also included our state fact sheet. (September 19, 2014)

The Stranger

"The Morning News." The Stranger's online blog included a quote from our blog post about Washington state's increase in poverty during 2013, which emphasized that "The new numbers shed further light on the state’s uneven economic recovery and should serve as a call-to-action for lawmakers."' (September 19, 2014)

Associated Press

"Washington State's Poverty Numbers Increase." AP article highlighting new Census Bureau poverty trends in Washington that included a quote by Elena Hernandez, one of our policy analysts.  The story was picked up by the Tri-City Herald, The Columbian, TDN.com, The Houston Chronicle, The Herald of Everett, The Washington Times, King5.com and Komo News.  (September 18, 2014)

Education Week

"Tardy Lawmakers Must Face 'Hammer' on Funding, Says Washington Chief." '...the (amicus) brief  from the Washington State Budget and Policy Center argues that the state's current tax policy, and the inadequate revenue it supplies to state coffers, makes a dramatically larger K-12 budget virtually impossible.' (August 5, 2014)

KPLU

"3 Petitions Propose McCleary Solutions, From New Revenue To Ban On Spending." Includes our amicus brief, which "...specifically asked the court to require lawmakers to pave the way for higher taxes or close loopholes in existing taxes to meet the court's order." (August 4, 2014)

Everett Herald

"Supreme Court weighs advice on school funding." Includes our amicus brief on education funding, "... And a liberal think tank argues in its filing that the court must not take money away from non-education programs but rather impress upon lawmakers that the path to fully fund schools as required in the 2012 McCleary case requires finding new sources of revenue." (August 4, 2014)

Seattle Times

"Ex-governors ask court to let Legislature try again on schools." Highlights several amicus briefs that were filed to the State Supreme Court, including BPC's which argues for new revenue. (August 4, 2014)

Spokesman Review

Column: "Gains made by, for kids eclipsed by poverty." A recent Kids Count in Washington report is highlighted, and our Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst is quoted. Kids Count in Washington is a joint partnership with the Children's Alliance. (July 26, 2014)

The Skanner

"Kids Count Report Rates Each State on Child Well-being." Our Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst is quoted. (July 23, 2014)

Seattle Times

Column: "We’re only No. 18? Our state not so great for our kids." Jerry Large's column highlights a new report from Kids Count in Washington. Kids Count is a partnership between BPC and the Children's Alliance. (July 23, 2014)

Publicola

"Morning Fizz: The Latest Numbers." Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas is quoted on the June state revenue forecast. (June 18, 2014)

Crosscut

"Is the NW a breeding ground for a new kind of capitalism?" Executive Director Remy Trupin is quoted, " He suggested that we should focus on closing tax breaks to make sure the 'government has enough money to invest in better programs' like childcare and education." (June 15, 2014)

Publicola

"Sobering Slide Show Adds to McCleary Crisis." Sr. Budget Analyst Kim Justice is quoted, "Funding education first' is a great talking point, ...but in practice it's harmful to kids. It's a recipe for devastating cuts for all the other things that kids need to succeed." (June 13th, 2014)

Seattle Times

"Putting money where your mouth is: McCleary will force hard truths."  The Education Blog breaks down our education event and provides a link to the video. (June 12th, 2014)

TVW 

Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs Ben Secord appeared on "The Impact" to discuss voter willingness to raise taxes. (May 7th, 2014)

Bellingham Business Journal

"Boeing got huge tax breaks, state got no job guarantees."  Andy Nicholas was quoted in this article about the lack of accountability in the Boeing tax breaks. (May 6th, 2014)

Seattle Times

"State’s tuition hike in recession was nation’s second-highest." The Education Blog focuses on a report from our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and our analysis that shows Washington state budget cuts resulted in second largest tuition increase in nation."  (May 5th, 2014)

Everett Herald

"Boeing got huge tax breaks, state got no job guarantees." Sr. Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas is quoted on Boeing tax breaks. "...warned lawmakers in November that nothing in the bill prevented Boeing from moving engineering jobs and production of other airplanes elsewhere." (May 4th, 2014)

The Stranger

Op-ed: Executive Director Remy Trupin explains why "Why Raising the Minimum Wage is Not Enough."  (April 23rd, 2013)

PBS NewsHour

Research Director Lori Pfingst was featured in a story on efforts to raise the minimum wage in Seattle. (April 22nd, 2014)

Union Bulletin

"Boeing Gets Tax Breaks; State Loses 2,000 Jobs." This article quotes our Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas and his thoughts on the lack of accountability around the Boeing tax breaks. (April 17th, 2014)

Sky Valley Chronicle

"$8.7 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS FOR BOEING." Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas' statements in the Seattle Times article below are once again highlighted in this article, talking about the need for more tax break accountability for Boeing. (April 13th, 2014)

Seattle Times 

Column: "Lonely, ignored voice predicted Boeing job drain." Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas was a lonely voice pushing for more tax break accountability for Boeing. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat reflects, as Boeing moves more engineers out of state. (April 12th, 2014)

Seattle Times
Op-Ed: "Raise the minimum wage to keep middle class strong." Our Research Director Lori Pfingst writes, "Raising the minimum wage isn’t a silver bullet. It wouldn’t solve the problem of income inequality alone, but it is a crucial component of a broad strategy to help workers and our economy." (April 9th, 2014)

Crosscut
"Hispanic children face big challenges in Washington." A recent from report from Kids Count in Washington shows that children of color face dramatically greater odds. (April 4th, 2014)

Seattle Times

"Report on kids: We can do much better, and here’s how." Highlights a recent report from Kids Count in Washington, our partnership with Children's Alliance. (April 2nd, 2014)

TVW

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, changes to the tax system, and the impact of the McCleary decision. (March 13th, 2014)

Publicola

"Lefty Math Brain Schools Senate Ways and Means Chair." Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice and her testimony are highlighted. " ... Justice's entire testimony is worth watching because she hits another point: Prioritizing education funding can't be done in isolation." (March 11th, 2014)

Publicola

"On Other Blogs Today." Our analysis on the tax loopholes include in the House and Senate budgets is included. (March 4th, 2014)

Huffington Post 

"A Living Wage is an Equal Voice." Includes our research that highlights the number of people who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. (February 25th, 2014)

Seattle Times

"Clock’s ticking toward deadline, as school funding falls behind." Our graph and analysis on the Feb. Revenue Forecast are included. (February 21st, 2014)

The Stranger

"Flat Revenue Forecast Drives Home Fact That Washington State Cannot Fund K-12 Mandate Without New Taxes." Our graph and analysis on the Feb. Revenue Forecast are included.  (February 19th, 2014)

The Oregonian

"Washington minimum wage, highest in the nation, would be raised under bill in legislature." Our Research Director Lori Pfingst is quoted in this article about the bill to increase Washington's minimum wage. (February 4th, 2014)

Everett Herald

"Make schools, roads a priority." Our Executive Director Remy Trupin's op-ed. (January 26th, 2014)

Seattle Times

"State House bill would raise minimum wage: $12 by 2017."  Our analysis is cited. (January 24th, 2014)

The Stranger

"Representative Farrell Files Bill to Raise Washington State Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour." Our graph on the demographic breakdown of minimum wage workers in Washington state. (January 24th, 2014)

KOMO News

"Wash. state to young people: health insurance rocks." Our research on the number of Washingtonians without health insurance prior to health care reform is cited. (January 15th, 2014)

Puget Sound Business Journal (subscription required)

"Transportation a business priority as lawmakers convene." Our Executive Director Remy Trupin in interviewed and quoted.  “One would think this education mandate could be a catalyzing moment for this discussion,” Trupin said. “That’s not happening yet… It’s a bit like the anecdote of boiling the frog slowly. People are becoming used to living in a time of limited resources and being sold tiny victories as big things. There’s very little being done structurally (on the budget), and the longer we wait, the harder it’ll be to fix things.” (January 10th, 2014)

 

2013

Spokesman Review

"Legislative special session focuses on Boeing breaks." Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas is quoted, "Washington has invested in Boeing. It’s not too much to ask that Boeing hold up its end of the deal." (November 8th, 2013)

Associated Press

"Boeing's past actions weigh on tax break debate." Executive Director Remy Trupin's statement is included. (November 7th, 2013)

KING-TV.com

"Special session starts with strong support for parts of Boeing package." Remy Trupin's noted the tax breaks that were extended to Boeing in 2003 that "didn't stop the company from moving production of the 787 to South Carolina." "We can't let that happen again. (November 7th, 2013)

The Olympian

"Bill to woo Boeing’s 777X work gains early speed in Legislature." Andy Nicholas is quoted, "the state should add a “clawback” to force Boeing and suppliers benefiting from the 777X tax breaks to pay the state for back taxes if they pulled out of the state in the future." (November 7th, 2013)

The Capitol Record/TVW
"Inslee encourages committee to extend Boeing tax incentives." Andy Nicholas notes there should be consequences if Boeing doesn’t meet their end of the deal. He recommended setting specific job targets and stricter accountability for the company. (November 7th, 2013)

Crosscut

"Governor puts on press for Boeing package." Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas is quoted. (November 6th, 2013)

Crosscut

"Daily Troll: Food Stamp Cuts." Washington State Budget & Policy Center and the Children's Alliance point out that, while the cuts affect a quarter-million households with children, there is also a significant impact on service veterans here. (October 31st, 2013)

KOMO

"Food benefits being cut for 1 million children, veterans, elderly." Includes facts and quotes from our joint release with the Children's Alliance on reductions to Basic Food program. (October 31st, 2013)

KIRO Radio

"Food stamp benefit, boosted during recession, ends Friday." The transcript from the radio interview with our Communications Director Tara Lee. (October 31st, 2013)

Q13 Fox.com

"More than 1 Million Washington families could see food assistance cut." Includes facts and quotes from our joint release with the Children's Alliance on reductions to Basic Food program. (October 31st, 2013)

Publicola

"On Other Blogs Today."  Quotes our analysis on the public advisory votes on the November ballot. "The bottom line is that the public advisory vote law distorts the facts in an effort to mislead voters into rejecting investments in schools and safe, healthy communities." (October 23rd, 2013)

Seattle Channel

Research Director Lori Pfingst participated in a community forum on raising the minimum wage in Seattle. (October 10th, 2013)

Real Change

"Study finds Washington’s tax system is the nation’s most regressive." Sr. Policy Analyst Andy Nicholas is interviewed and quoted. (October 2nd, 2013)

The Stranger

"No Budget Battle Forecast for 2014 Legislative Session (Not That There Shouldn't Be One)." Our analysis and graphic of the September Revenue Forecast is highlighted. (September 19th, 2013)

Publicola

"Tax Exemptions Get Green Light Despite Lack of Goals and Clarity." Sr. Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas discusses a new legislative report on tax breaks. (August 22nd, 20113)

Inlander

“Schoolhouse Blues.”  Policy Analyst Kim Justice discusses why funding for education in the biennial budget is insufficient. (July 10th, 2013)

The Stranger

"Olympia's New Clothes."  Kim Justice is quoted. "It's a pretty status quo budget," assesses Justice. "It makes some good investments," but compared to the senate's original budget proposal, it mostly just "avoids some pretty horrendous things." (July 3rd, 2013)

Inlander

"Winners and Losers. Inside Washington state’s new operating budget." Our statement on the final budget as "Band-Aid" is quoted. (July 1st, 2013)

Publicola

"Friday (Budget) Jolt: Republicans Add Last Minute Tax Breaks." Policy Fellow Michael Mitchell discusses the tax break for dance clubs. (June 28th, 2013)

Seattle Times

"Report: Economic well-being of kids in Washington still down." A Kids Count report is highlighted, and Senior Policy Analyst Lori Pfingst is quoted. (Kids Count is a partnership between the Budget & Policy Center and the Children's Alliance). (June 24th, 2013)

Crosscut

"The Daily Troll: More money for state budget." Executive Director Remy Trupin continues push for closing some tax loopholes to raise additional revenue. (June 18th, 2013)

Publicola

"One Question for Progressives." Executive Director Remy Trupin explains why the June Revenue Forecast is not enough for a final budget agreement. (June 18th, 2013)

KING- 5 TV

Senior Policy Analyst Lori Pfingst is featured. She presented on jobs and the future of work at a mayoral campaign town hall event around low-wage work. (June 15th, 2013)

The Columbian

Op-ed: "Washington can't cut its way to job creation, prosperity." Executive Director Remy Trupin writes on the need for revenue to protect public investments that help create middle-class jobs and grow our economy. (May 26th, 2013)

TVW

Remy Trupin on "Inside Olympia" discussing the state budget. (May 23rd, 2013)

KIRO radio

"Back to the Budget Battle in Olympia." Executive Director Remy Trupin is interviewed about the special legislative session. (May 13th, 2013)

Watchdog.org

"Tax Swap: Would a sales tax be better than OR’s high income tax?" State Policy Fellow Michael Mitchell is quoted. (April 18th, 2013)

Seattle Weekly

"On Beer and Dancing, Seattle Bares Its Tim Eyman Teeth." Our Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas is quoted, "What that reflects is that we have a pretty outdated tax system that doesn’t reflect the modern economy,” he says. “We don’t have a good source of revenue to go to. We don’t have it in this state. That means we need to go to these narrow excise taxes . . . and none of those are popular ways to raise revenues. " (April 17th, 2013)

Publicola 

"Capitol Newsmaker, Week 12: Education Funding." Our Executive Director Remy Trupin is quoted when talking about fully funding basic education. (April 5th, 2013)

The Stranger

"State Senate Republicans Release Budget..." Our statement on the Senate budget proposal is highlighted. (April 3rd, 2013)

The Seattle Times

"Expand early learning by fixing the state's Working Connections Child Care program." Rep. Farrell cites our analysis the number of child care providers that have closed their doors in the last five years. (March 25th, 2013)

The Stranger

"Washington State is a National Leader! (In Tuition Hikes)." Includes our graph on tuition increases higher than national average. ( March 19th, 2013)

The Columbian

Laird column: "Evergreen State out of balance" ..." Of course, as the Washington State Budget & Policy Center reports, "most state tax systems take a larger bite out of lower- and middle-income family budgets than those of high-income households." However, "the gap remains larger in Washington state than any other state." (March 10th, 2013)

Seattle Times

Op-ed: "Funding Education in Washington State Requires More Taxes." Executive Director Remy Trupin lays out a case for funding education. " From the time children enter the classroom to when they join the workforce, investments beyond McCleary’s requirements are a must. And that will take more financial resources than the state has now. The state will need to raise taxes, close tax breaks and extend current taxes." (March 4, 2013)

Reuters

"Super-majority tax law struck down in Washington state."  "The ruling came as the state faces court-imposed mandates to fully fund basic K-12 public education, with a total of $4.5 billion needed by 2019, beginning with $1.4 billion from 2013 to 2015, according to the Washington State Budget & Policy Center." (February 28th, 2013)

Publicola

"Win one for Working Families. And Facts." Policy Analyst Kim Justice is quoted on the Working Families Tax Rebate. (February 27th, 2013)

Publicola

"Bipartisanship at Last. At Least for Tax Breaks." "...the Washington State Budget & Policy Center have (reliably) quantified all the tax breaks that legislators are proposing this session."  (February 26, 2013)

The Seattle Times

"Lawmakers are about $1B apart on education reform." Includes our analysis on the McCleary v. State decision. (February 12th, 2013)

The Capitol Record

"Washington’s two-thirds ‘supermajority’ tax law debated in committee." Our Executive Director Remy Trupin's testimony against the 2/3rds supermajority is included. (February 11th, 2013)

Crosscut

"...hard ball on 1185." Our Executive Director Remy Trupin's statement and testimony against the 2/3rds supermajority is included. (February 11th, 2013)

Publicola

"McCleary in Theory." Includes analysis from our latest policy brief on the McCleary decision and a quote from our Communications Director Tara Lee. (February 8th, 2011)

Publicola

"Report: State Needs New Revenue to Backfill $2.3 Billion Shortfall." Includes a graph from our new policy brief on the McCleary decision, as well as an interview with Policy Analysts Kim Justice and Michael Mitchell. (February 6, 2013)

Publicola

"Washington State Ranked the Most Regressive in the Country." (January 31st, 2013)

Tacoma News Tribune

"Report: Washington still has least-fair tax system in country; hits the poor six times harder than the wealthy." Includes our statement on the report, as well our policy proposals. (January 30th, 2013)

Crosscut

"Legislature could fight over health care for more people."  "Expansion of Medicaid could provide health care coverage for up to 340,000 and, by estimates of the liberal Washington State Budget & Policy Center, the state itself could net some $200 million in savings in the first two years because of other costs that will be picked up by the federal government." (January 15th, 2013)

The Olympian 

"Lawmakers must accept Medicaid expansion." Our analysis is cited, "First, it will save the state millions of dollars. The Washington State Budget & Policy Center estimates the savings at $225 million over the next biennium." (January 13, 2013)

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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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