Income Inequality

family billsOur economy is as productive as ever, but the gains are not equally shared. Until 1980, overall economic growth produced similar gains in productivity, wages and jobs. Since then, despite consistent gains in productivity, we’ve experienced stagnant wages and poor job growth. This trend is one of the primary causes for our shrinking middle class.


We can build a stronger and more inclusive middle class. To do so, we need to provide a foundation of opportunity where health, economic security and educational attainment are achievable regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or zip code. We need to create good jobs that provide economic security. And we need a balanced and equitable revenue system to sustain investments that create strong communities and a strong economy.

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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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