Policy Priorities

Policy Priorities

The Budget & Policy Center works to ensure the state budget and tax code advance progress and strengthen the well-being of all Washingtonians. We prioritize policies that advance racial equity by working to eliminate systemic and institutional barriers to opportunity for people of color, and we stay busy in Olympia promoting our policy priorities.

A Framework for Measuring Progress

Progress in Washington is the Budget & Policy Center’s framework for determining which policies create an inclusive state economy – in which factors like race, ethnicity, gender, and ability are not determining factors in people’s life outcomes. The big question we seek to answer through our framework is: Are we investing enough – and in the right ways – to give all Washingtonians opportunities to prosper?

To explore our answers to this question, read our Progress in Washington series of briefs:

We also use our Progress in Washington framework in our budget analyses to measure how our state is doing in  four value areas: economic security; education and job readiness; healthy people and communities; and effective and accountable government. And we assess how revenue is impacting these areas.

Testimonies in Olympia

Our policy team gave written and virtual testimony throughout the 2021 legislative session to move forward our policy priorities. Check out their testimonies below:

Against a tax preference for data centers

  • Tracy Yeung, Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee, February 9 (Written Testimony)

Capital Gains Tax

Ending Debt-Based Driver’s License Suspensions

Governor’s Budget Proposal

Temporary Benefits for Unemployment Due to COVID-19 or Lack of Access Due to Immigration Status

  • Misha Werschkul, Senate Labor, Commerce, and Tribal Affairs Committee, February 15 (Written Testimony)

Working Families Tax Credit

  • Margaret Babayan, House Finance Committee, February 2 (Written Testimony)
  • Emily Vyhnanek, House Finance Committee, February 2 (Virtual Testimony)
  • Margaret Babayan, Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, February 4 (Virtual Testimony)
  • Budget & Policy Center, Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, February 4 (Written Testimony)
  • Emily Vyhnanek, Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, February 4 (Virtual Testimony)
  • Budget & Policy Center, House Appropriations Committee, February 18 (Written Testimony)
  • Margaret Babayan, House Appropriations Committee, February 18 (Virtual Testimony)

WorkFirst/TANF