State Budget

Capitol -- horizontalWidely shared prosperity does not happen by accident. It happens when we deliberately invest in the foundations of a strong economy – broad and equal opportunity to good-paying jobs, safe and strong communities, access to great schools, clean air and water. These kinds of critical investments foster economic growth.

Washington state’s investments should:

•    Provide opportunity for all. When Washingtonians have access to great schools, health care, transportation, and work supports, they have the opportunity to prosper. And this can lead to improved long-term outcomes for families, communities, and the economy.

•    Ensure everyone can meet basic needs. When people hit hard times, they should not go without the basics: food, housing, and basic health care. State investments must protect seniors and people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and they must ensure that working families have the opportunity to get back on their feet.

•    Advance racial equity. A person’s opportunity to get ahead should not be determined by their race, ethnicity, or zip code. All our state institutions – schools, health and human services, the justice and tax systems – must undo policies and systems that perpetuate structural racism. (Click here to read the Budget & Policy Center’s statement on equity.)

•    Create shared prosperity. A key foundation of a strong economy is a thriving middle class. That means jobs with good pay, strong benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Policymakers need to make targeted investments that strengthen the economic security of middle-income Washingtonians and provide people with low incomes the opportunity to move up the economic ladder.

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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.

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