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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State could do more to support struggling families: Benefit levels have not kept up with the cost of living

January 2007 - The monthly WorkFirst cash assistance benefit is a key part of the state’s social safety net, but it has not been increased since 1993.

1990s state tax cuts have limited Washington State's ability to fund public priorities

December 21, 2006 - The strong economy and resulting revenue growth of the middle and late 1990s led 44 states to cut taxes. Read the full update

Governor Gregoire's budget for 2007-2009 biennium released today

December 19, 2006 - Today, Governor Gregoire released her two-year budget proposal for 2007 to 2009, the starting point for the legislature when they convene in January.

New Revenue Forecast Numbers

November 16, 2006 - Today, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released preliminary results from their quarterly forecast of the economy, including updated projections of how much revenue the state will collect in coming years. Read the full update

Updated state economic and revenue projection

September 20, 2006 - Today, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released preliminary results from their quarterly forecast of the economy, including updated projections of how much revenue the state will collect in coming years.

Structural deficit looms despite short-term good news: Budget structure hurts low and moderate-income Washingtonians

June 15, 2006 - Today, the state Economic and Revenue Forecasting Council (ERFC) released their quarterly revenue projection. Our report finds that despite the recent good news that revenue collections have exceeded original projections, Washington's future fiscal balance remains precarious.

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.

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.

Governor Gregoire’s Rainy Day Fund Proposal: Potential Benefits and Serious Limitations

January 17, 2006 - Governor Gregoire’s call for the creation of a rainy day fund in Washington State has merit in that it could provide much needed budgetary flexibility in cushioning the negative impacts of cyclical economic downturns, according to this policy brief on the Governor's proposal by the Budget & Policy Center.
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Our Budget Matters 2018 policy conference will take place on November 13 at Seattle Center. john a. powell from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is the keynote. Stay tuned for more details. 

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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