15 Years of Progress

15 Years of Progress

In 2021, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center is celebrating 15 years of advancing progressive economic and fiscal policies. We are proud of the ways our organization contributes to a more just state. In fact, two of our long-term priorities were enacted this year: the Working Families Tax Credit and a capital gains wealth tax! And we are committed to continuing our efforts to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, class, gender identity, or immigration status, has the opportunity to thrive.

Policy highlights from our first 15 yearsClicking image opens a PDF

Below is some of what we helped accomplish over the years – through our research, communications, and advocacy – in collaboration with coalitions, partner organizations, and community leaders:

  • 2010: Voters defeat Initiative 1033, thus protecting public sector jobs and community investments.
  • 2013: An expansion of Medicaid for adults with low incomes is a critical investment in public health.
  • 2015: The Early Start Act passes, bringing high-quality early learning to more children.
  • 2016: Voters pass an initiative to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 and provide sick and safe leave – so workers can make a better living and protect their well-being.
  • 2017: Governor Inslee vetoes a tax break for big manufacturers that would have siphoned money out of communities.
  • 2020: The Washington Worker Relief Fund, which gives emergency payments to people who are undocumented, is created in the push for an equitable COVID recovery.

Read more here about our successes, our commitment to anti-racism, and what we envision for Washington state.

Stay tuned

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our e-communications for more anniversary highlights. You can also join us at our virtual policy summit Budget Matters 2021: In it for the long haul – which will include celebrations of our 15th anniversary.

 Testimonials from some partners and friends on our anniversary

“The Budget & Policy Center is committed to advancing progressive policies concerning the well-being of Washingtonians through tax-structure based data. As an organization, they strive to engage, mobilize, and support impacted communities in a manner that is inclusive. In working with them, I have the opportunity to connect with not only local, but national trusted organizations with shared common goals.”

-Rep. My-Linh Thai


“The Washington State Budget & Policy Center has brought economic justice to more people in our state. Their leadership on a variety of issues from the capital gains tax to the Working Families Tax Rebate has helped shape the debate in Olympia for many years, and will have a long lasting impact for decades to come. Happy anniversary and keep up the good work.”

-Gov. Jay Inslee


“I’m proud to be a board member of the Budget & Policy Center because of its commitment to improving the economic conditions of people who are furthest from opportunity. I admire the organization’s tenacity in building partnerships in its work to support the well-being of Washingtonians.”

-Michael Brown, Chief Architect of Civic Commons at the Seattle Foundation


“I’ve been blown away by the Budget & Policy Center’s commitment to centering impacted communities in their work – from shaping their research and policy agenda, to spotlighting the voices of people with lived experience, to power-sharing in coalition spaces, and to spreading public narratives that can dismantle white supremacy.”

-Elaine Mejia, Director of Network and Organizational Effectiveness at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities