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2013 Session Recap: Not a Path to Prosperity

Posted by Kim Justice at Jul 24, 2013 08:35 PM |
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The 2013 Legislative Session ended about a month ago, and we are still analyzing the impact it will have on our state. We've released a new report 2013 Session Recap: Not a Path to Prosperity.

We take a look at the session and examine how lawmakers dealt with meeting the state's current needs, while also addressing a State Supreme Court mandate to fully fund basic education by 2018. Our Framework for Prosperity, published at the beginning of 2013, laid out a path to rebuild our economy with specific recommendations for targeted investments in education, health care, and other resources that provide opportunity for all and create better jobs. The Framework also laid out ways to pay for those investments and proposed changes to the state’s tax system to help fuel economic recovery and stabilize Washington state’s schools, transportation system, and other public resources.

Importantly, the 2013 Legislative Session did not adequately invest in rebuilding a middle class still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, nor did it make significant progress to create widely shared prosperity. Instead lawmakers maintained the status quo, providing short-term fixes to our most pressing problems that do nothing to meet Washington state’s long-term needs. 

Read the full report here.

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Join us and Partners for Our Children for "Forum on Poverty: The Impact on Children and Families" on May 26, 12-4 pm, in Burien. Our policy analyst Elena Hernandez will be a speaker at this forum that will discuss how we can advance policies that prevent intergenerational poverty. THIS EVENT IS FULL, but you can email Partners for Our Children to get on the waitlist. 

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Policy Analyst Elena Hernandez's testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Associate Director of Fiscal Policy Andy Nicholas's testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Research and Policy Director Lori Pfingst's House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

Budget Matters Summit

Thank you to all who attended our our Budget Matters 2015 policy summit. If you missed it (or would like to relive it), you can watch a highlight video of the summit or watch the full summit panel -- which featured a range of community leaders talking about how to advance racial equity in state policymaking.