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Tara Lee, Communications Director
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B & PC in the News:


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)

"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)


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)


"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)


"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)

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)

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)



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)

"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)


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


"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)


"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)


"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)


"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)


"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)


“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)


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


"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)


"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)


"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)


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)


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)

"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)


"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)


"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)


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


"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)


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


"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)


"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)


"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)


"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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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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Inside Olympia

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, revenue options, and the impact of the McCleary decision going forward. The whole interview can be found 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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Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.