Policy Areas

State Budget: 

Washington state faces budget challenges that threaten our ability to maintain public priorities like educating our children, ensuring communities are safe, providing health care for the uninsured, and protecting the environment. These problems are not new, nor will they go away without addressing the fundamental flaws in our tax code. 

State Revenue:

The economic recession in the last decade continues to take a significant toll on the state's ability to maintain important investments in education, health, communities and the environment. But even in good times, state revenue, which comes largely from retail sales and business & occupancy taxes, does not keep pace with the need. The Budget & Policy Center publishes research and analysis on improving the state’s revenue system to raise ample revenue and create a more equitable tax code.

Jobs & the Economy:

Washington state continues to recover from the economic downturn, but both the quantity and quality of jobs remain cause for concern. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in the number of people working part-time due to a lack of job opportunities, and the majority of jobs in Washington state skew toward lower wages.

Our economy requires new skills to keep workers competitive in a global job market.  In our fast-paced, ever-changing economy, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. Future prosperity depends on how well Washington state embraces change and develops policies that support workers and keeps their families moving forward.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

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 to build a better Washington.

Budget Beat!

Check out the Budget Beat webinars we hosted throughout the 2017 legislative session, including our most recent Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on our YouTube channel

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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