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Governor on Right Track With Call for Minimum Wage Increase, More School Funding

Posted by bens at Jan 14, 2014 04:30 PM |
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Our Executive Director Remy Trupin released the following  statement on Governor Inslee’s State of the State address:  

"Governor Inslee provided a bold vision for a stronger economy by  highlighting the need for a higher minimum wage and additional funding for education by closing wasteful tax breaks. 

Boosting  the minimum wage is a crucial step in  what should be a broad  strategy to reduce income inequality, increase economic opportunity, and rebuild the middle class. Fair pay for hard work is the cornerstone of a strong economy.  For too long, wages and income for Washington state’s workers have stagnated while companies have earned record profits and the stock market has reached record highs.  Even with the highest state minimum wage in the country, a full-time worker supporting a family of three on the minimum wage would be living in poverty.  

Governor Inslee also deserves credit for calling to end wasteful tax breaks and using the money to fund education. The recent order from the State Supreme Court told us what we already know – we must do better when it comes to providing high-quality education to all of our kids.

We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to make this plan a reality."

 
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Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

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:

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our 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 

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