Who We Are

Our Staff

Our Mission

To use research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.

Why We Do Our Work

At the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, we believe that Washington can be a state where all children have access to great schools; where people earn what they need to support themselves and their families; where our environment is healthy and our economy is strong; and where all communities can thrive. And we believe that a person’s race or ethnicity should not determine their health, income, wealth, educational attainment, or access to opportunity. 

We recognize that the Washington state budget is an essential tool to invest in progress, and we work to ensure the budget advances the well-being of our state and its people.

What We Do

We advocate for elected leaders and decision makers to: ensure the state budget and tax code sustainably and equitably invest in the priorities that serve all Washingtonians; and advance social and economic policies that lift up families with low and moderate incomes, eliminate disparities based on race, and give all Washingtonians the opportunity to thrive.

How We Do Our Work

In all of our work, we keep equity front and center – by paying attention to how policies differently impact communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, language, and ability. (See our statement on equity.)

We also take a big-picture view of our state budget within our Progress in Washington framework, which focuses on four areas – economic security; education and job readiness; healthy people & communities; and effective and accountable government. We reject efforts to advance one area of progress at the expense of another. 

We are a trusted leader in:  

  • Developing and advancing innovative economic and social policy proposals, based on rock solid research and analysis.
  • Analyzing how budget and policy decisions affect investments in the priorities that serve us all, and ensuring that our analysis gets in the hands of decision makers and influencers.
  • Shifting the public debate around issues related to taxes, the economy, and Washingtonians’ well-being through strategic communications with decision makers, key partners, the general public, and the media. (Sign up for our schmudget blog.)
  • Building strong and inclusive coalitions with local and statewide networks of community leaders, coalitions, and grassroots advocates who work tirelessly to promote policies that would make our state a better place.
  • Helping to engage the community and allies with our policy priorities through ongoing outreach, including presentations at civic events, webinars, and our annual Budget Matters policy event.

    Our History and Impact

    In 2005, a visionary group of public policy experts, community leaders, and social justice advocates joined forces to create a nonpartisan organization that would ensure that Washington state invests in the priorities that create a more just and prosperous state. A year later, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center was officially open for business. Since that time, we have played a role in leading and supporting many significant policy successes in our state. Some highlights:

    For more about our impact, take a look at our "Making Waves: Our Impact in 2017" report! And also check our 2018-2022 strategic planning framework.
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Thank you for attending Budget Matters

Our Budget Matters 2018 policy conference took place on November 13 at Seattle Center. john a. powell from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Gov. Jay Inslee were the keynotes. Stay tuned for the TVW coverage.  

Our policy priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance.

Testimonies in Olympia

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Watch our 2018 legislative session testimonies on TVW: