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Join Us at Budget Matters - It's Not Too Late

Posted by bens at Dec 11, 2013 05:15 PM |
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Missed the registration deadline for Budget Matters 2013? Fear not, we're accepting walk-up registrations tomorrow at the event. Join us!

Our second annual policy conference will bring together policy experts, advocates, elected officials, the media, and community members for a day of dynamic conversations and targeted solutions.

When: Thursday, December 12th, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Washington State Convention Center 
               800 Convention Place
               Seattle, WA 98101
               (We'll be on the 6th Floor, look for the signs)

What: Schedule of events and discussion topics and speakers below

Cost: Tickets are $90 per person. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch, and all plenary and panel discussions.   

Schedule of events

Registration and breakfast (8:30 to 9:15 a.m.)

Welcome, B & PC Executive Director Remy Trupin (9:15 to 9:30 a.m.)

Opening Plenary (9:30 to 10:15 a.m.)

Heather C. McGhee

Heather McGhee is Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos.   She is a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation.  In 2010, she became a contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She is also a regular guest on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

Read more about Heather here.

Breakout Sessions - Choose One (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)

A). Building an Equitable Revenue System

Washington state has the most backward revenue system in the country. We rely too much on working and middle class families to fund our shared investments in education, health and public safety, and don’t ask enough from those most able to pay. The system makes rising income inequality worse and in recent years has led to deep budget cuts that have disproportionately impacted low income families and communities of color.  We will examine how reforms to our revenue system can help reverse income inequality and build a more prosperous state for all Washingtonians.

  • Marcy Bowers, Statewide Poverty Action Network
  • Rep. Luis Moscoso
  • Andy Nicholas, Sr. Fiscal Analyst, B & PC

B). Effective Messaging: Fight Back Against Anti- Tax and Anti-Government Rhetoric

Tired of losing debates about government and taxes?  Come learn how to strategically and effectively message around the unique role of government in our society and the importance of equitable revenue to pay for public investments. Hear from communications professionals who incorporate the latest messaging research into their work.

  • Anika Fassia and Patrick Bresette, Public Works
  • Tara Lee, Communications Director, B & PC (moderator)
  • Spencer Olson, Fuse Washington 
  • Maria Speiser, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

C). Early Learning: Building a High Quality, Inclusive Early Learning System for All Kids

High quality early learning is one of the best investments we can make to optimize children's ability and success, close the opportunity gap, support working parents, and develop our future workforce. Yet, just one percent of the entire education budget in Washington state goes toward early learning. Learn about the progress being made in the early learning movement in Washington state and issues to be aware of this coming legislative session. 

  • Jon Gould, Children's Alliance and B & PC Board member
  • Rep. Ross Hunter
  • Sharonne Navas, Equity in Education Coalition
  • Lori Pfingst, Research Director, B & PC (moderator)
  • Laura Wells, Fight Crime, Invest in Kids

 Lunch Plenary  (11:45 to 1 p.m.)

Jared Bernstein Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. 

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Read more about Jared here.

Breakout Sessions - Choose One (1:15 to 2:30 p.m.)

A).  Media Perspectives: The 2014 Legislative Session and Beyond

Reporters, columnists, and editorial board writers bring a unique perspective on issues that impact our state. We will ask them to share their thoughts and insight on a variety of issues. As the legislature struggles to fully fund basic education, how will they prioritize other issues? How can we make sure that all children have what they have to be successful? How can we grow our economy and create living wage jobs?

  • Enrique Cerna, KCTS (moderator)
  • Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
  • Jordan Schrader, Tacoma News Tribune
  • Lynne Varner, Seattle Times

B). Middle-out and All-in: Better Jobs for a Better Washington State

Hard work is strongly valued in our society, and workers in the U.S. and Washington state remain the most productive in the world. Yet, hard work no longer ensures the ability to meet basic needs or become fully rooted in the middle class. Today, not only are there not enough jobs to go around, but those jobs do not pay enough for families to meet basic needs and get ahead. Come learn about investments we can make to improve wages and employment for workers and grow a strong economy.

  • Amanda Ballyntyne, Main Street Alliance
  • Lori Pfingst, Research Director, B & PC (moderator)
  • Rich Stolz, OneAmerica and B & PC Board member

C). Creating a Sustainable Environment for All

A good quality of life depends on clean air and water, a safe environment, and sustainable infrastructure. But these assets are not shared equally among all communities in Washington state. We will explore how investments in the environment and smart policies can ensure all Washingtonians benefit from a clean environment and smart economic development regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or geography.

  • April Putney, Futurewise
  • Darcy Nonemacher, Washington Environmental Council (moderator)
  • Miguel Perez-Gibson, Progreso Latino Alliance
  • John Ridgeway, Department of Ecology

Closing Plenary (2:30 to 3 p.m.)

Governor Inslee

Governor Jay Inslee

Governor Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, who grew up in the Seattle area. As a member of Congress, he served the Yakima Valley from 1992 to 1994, and then moved to the Puget Sound region where he was elected back to Congress in 1998, where he served until his election to Governor in 2012.

Read more about Governor Inslee here.

Thank you to our sponsors! We couldn't do this without your support.



SEIU    Campion   


  PLG    WFA


Washington State Nurses Association

Urban Press

Sprague Israel Giles Inc.


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