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Federal budget proposals can have a big impact on our state government. Investments in health care, the environment, public safety, public health, infrastructure, and anti-poverty programs can help our state thrive. However, big budget cuts to these areas can harm our state residents and hurt our economy.

In partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, and other statewide and national research partners, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center conducts research and analysis on the impact key federal policy decisions would have on our state budget and our residents.

Proposed federal estate tax changes would continue recent trend of cutting taxes for wealthiest Washingtonians

July 12, 2006 - Congress appears poised to dismantle the federal estate tax, polishing off a sixth year of dramatically negative changes to the federal tax system.

How would a repeal or near repeal of the Federal Estate Tax Impact Washington?

June 5, 2006 - Legislation is moving this week in the Senate to repeal the federal estate tax, a move that would cut federal funding by a trillion dollars over ten years.

Medicaid: Over a million low-income Washington residents face new health care barriers

February, 2006 - Changes in the Medicaid program are the most significant in the budget agreement.

Child Welfare: Washington State's child welfare system stands to lose millions under the Federal Budget Conference Agreement

February, 2006 - The budget agreement significantly reduces federal funds available to our state’s child welfare system and to Washington families that provide homes for relative children in foster care.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): New federal welfare requirements pose tough choices for Washington

February, 2006 - The budget agreement makes the most significant changes to the TANF program since it was enacted in 1996 – effectively ending years of debate regarding the program’s reauthorization.

How the 2006 Federal Budget Agreement matters to Washington State: Impact on low and moderate-income Washingtonians

February, 2006 - This brief describes fiscal and policy changes to other key areas included in the budget agreement.
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