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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Budget Matters 2012

Posted by taral at Nov 09, 2012 04:25 PM |

Do you need a reason to attend to our first annual policy conference Budget Matters 2012: Moving Washington's Economy Forward? 

How about 10 of them?

10). Policy conferences are much more fun than webinars.

9). The early bird registration deadline ends in one week (Friday, Nov. 16th). Save money by registering  today.

8). Van Jones is our lunch speaker. He’s an author, speaker, CNN contributor, and former advisor to President Obama.

7). Because you need to know what “McCleary” means.

6). We have pulled together policy experts, elected officials, and advocates who will share their thoughts on some of the state’s most pressing issues (check out the panel descriptions here)

5). The election is over and you now have free time.

4). The 2013 Legislative Session will focus on big decisions such as education funding and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

3).  We do a lot of graphs, but they just don't seem to bring people together.

2).  Did we mention Van Jones?

1). The choices we make now will impact our state for decades to come.

         

For general conference information and subsidized ticket inquiries, contact Ben Secord . More information can be found on the event webpage here.

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HIGHLIGHTS

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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