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. And we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with timely analyses, recommendations, and resources.

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 worked hard in Olympia to move forward our policy priorities. Check out their testimonies from the 2020 session: