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Women and Children First? Not in Senate Budget

Posted by Kim Justice at Mar 06, 2012 03:45 PM |

The recently passed Senate budget solves the $1 billion shortfall largely through cuts that will impact families, individuals and communities across the state. Approximately 45 percent of the cuts directly impact women and children, stripping away services that keep mothers healthy through pregnancy, eliminating food assistance for hungry kids, and halting assistance for families seeking employment.

This lopsided budget begs the question— what are the priorities for Washington state?

  • Provide food for 12,000 hungry kids ($14 million) OR provide preferential B&O tax rates for wholesalers of prescription drugs? ($14 million)
  • Help parents find and keep jobs, access affordable child care, and afford housing  ($200 million) OR give tax breaks to the aerospace industry and exempt microbreweries from the beer excise tax? ($197 million)
  • Guarantee a high-quality education for our children ($40 million) OR grant a sales tax deferral for technology businesses? ($35.4 million)
  • Keep women healthy during pregnancy, promote positive birth outcomes, and reduce the amount of unintended pregnancies ($6 million) OR provide restaurants a credit for taxes paid on soft drink syrup? ($8.3 million)

Senate budget scale

With a mere two days left in the regular 2012 legislative session, now is the time to get our priorities straight. Putting Washington on the path to prosperity will require continued investments in women—who make up half of our workforce and remain the primary caregivers for our children—and kids, who will determine our future.

For more information on the impact of cuts on women and children, see our recent brief: Women, Work, and Washington: How State Budget Cuts are Hurting All Three.




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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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