Budget Matters 2017 Spokane

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Thank you to all those who helped make our first-ever Spokane 
Budget Matters Policy Summit a big hit!

Tuesday, October 31, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center Ballroom, Spokane
Keynote: Jared Bernstein. Plenary moderator: Gary Stokes

Cost: $30 (Includes light breakfast and coffee; scholarships available)

About the Event:

Eastern Washington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. But far too many people in this community are just one accident or mishap from financial catastrophe. Yet policymakers in Washington D.C. are proposing deep cuts to federal programs that support the regional economy and help our neighbors have food on the table and a roof over their heads. Our regional economy is stronger when everyone can share in economic growth. We need to come together to protect Washington state from policies that would leave us under-resourced as we seek to ensure prosperity in our region.
At the Spokane Budget Matters summit, you’ll hear from Jared Bernstein on how our state can implement strong fiscal and social policies to grow the economy and generate shared prosperity. You will also hear from a panel of local leaders about the impact of federal and state policy decisions on Eastern Washington's communities, moderated by KSPS Public TV General Manager Gary Stokes.


Networking coffee and light breakfast

Welcoming remarks
Misha Werschkul,
Washington State Budget & Policy Center executive director

Plenary panel: How federal and state policy proposals would impact eastern Washington's shared prosperity
Moderated by Gary Stokes, KSPS Public TV general manager. The panelists are: Francis Adewale, Spokane public defender and co-founder of Spokane's Community Court; Alison Carl White, executive director of Better Health Together; Norma Sanchez*, councilmember, Colville Tribes Business Council; and Nadine Van Stone, vice president of crisis response and shelters at Catholic Charities Spokane. Julie Watts, deputy director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, will start the discussion with a policy update from Washington, D.C.

Keynote: The pathways toward a thriving economy for Washington state
Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities senior fellow

Closing statements
Sumayyah Waheed, All In For Washington director, and Sheila Collins, Spokane Alliance member

*This panelist has changed from our previous event line-up.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. He is a leading national commentator on the economy. In his book, The Reconnection Agenda, Bernstein offers real solutions for how we can address a fundamental national problem: economic growth can no longer be counted on to deliver broadly shared prosperity.
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