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Statement on the Governor's budget plan

Posted by Tara Lee at Oct 27, 2011 05:41 PM |

Our Executive Director Remy Trupin released the following statement in response to the Governor's budget plan. “The plan rolled out by the Governor this morning is absolutely the wrong direction for Washington state.  We cannot create jobs and get our economy back on track through deep cuts to education, health care, and social services. This one-sided, lopsided approach will do significant damage to the very things that make our state a good place to live, work, and do business.

Policymakers must take a balanced approach. We need to raise revenue now to address our immediate needs and make structural changes so that our revenue system is adequate and sustainable in the long-term. This includes eliminating ineffective tax breaks and temporarily increasing and permanently modernizing the state sales tax. In the long-term, we can enact a new tax on capital gains and strengthen our rainy day fund. 

Budgets always require hard decisions, but a budget that cuts children, families, and older adults without any tax reform is not just a hard decision: it’s a bad decision.

Our state must make the public investments needed to create jobs and protect our communities. This cannot be done without additional revenue.”

Yesterday we released “A Framework for Prosperity,” which outlines what state lawmakers should do to fill this year's $1.3 billion deficit and make comprehensive changes to ensure our state's viability in the long term.

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Budget Matters 2014

We are excited to announce this year’s Budget Matters 2014 Conference Program! We look forward to seeing you at the Washington State Convention Center on December 12, 2014.  See our detailed program with confirmed speakers here.

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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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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