Budget Matters will feature an exciting line-up of community leaders, elected officials, strategy experts, artists, and more. Here is how the conference is shaping up so far: 

  • 9 a.m: Conference kick-off: Julie Watts, Budget & Policy Center deputy director

  • 9:05: Spoken word poetry: Louie Vital, poet and social justice activist

  • 9:15: A conversation about cleaning up the tax code in 2019: Sumayyah Waheed, All In For Washington director

  • 9:45: Morning breakout sessions:

    • How the Working Families Tax Rebate can transform the tax code: Moderated by Sumayyah Waheed, All In For Washington director. Featuring Omar Cuevas Vega, Statewide Poverty Action network community organizer; and Kelli Smith, Budget & Policy Center senior policy analyst

    • Winning messaging strategies in the work to protect anti-poverty programs: Featuring Elaine Mejia, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities senior communications strategist

    • Child savings accounts: Building assets for Washington state's future: Moderated by Stephanie Bowman, Washington Asset Building Coalition executive director. Featuring Janet Allen, parent from Tacoma Housing Authority ; Christine Kilduff, Washington state representative; Michael Mirra, Tacoma Housing Authority executive director; and Carl Rist, senior director of children’s savings and senior advisor of asset building at Prosperity Now

  • 11: Morning keynote presentation: john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (introduction by Treasure Mackley, Budget & Policy Center board member)

  • 12 p.m: Lunch & Plenary – Discussing the impacts of the 2018 midterms: Moderated by Misha Werschkul, Budget & Policy Center executive director. Featuring Jessyn Farrell, senior vice president of Civic Ventures ; Aiko Schaefer, director of Front and Centered; and Erica Williams, senior director of state policy initiatives at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • 1:30: Afternoon breakout sessions:

    • Visioning session: Help build an inclusive economy for Washington state: Featuring Marcy Bowers, Statewide Poverty Action Network director; Deric Gruen; Front and Centered program director; Misha Werschkul, Budget & Policy Center executive director

    • Line-item advocacy: How to lift up your funding priorities in the state budget: Moderated by Julie Watts, Budget & Policy Center deputy director. Featuring Ross Hunter, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families secretary; Joe Kendo, Washington State Labor Council government affairs director; Timm Ormsby, Washington state representative; Majken Ryherd, Waypoint Consulting principal and co-founder; and Velma Veloria, former state representative,Equity in Education Coalition community outreach coordinator

    • Building an equitable and sustainable property tax code: Featuring Joanna Grist, owner of Grist Public Affairs and representative of AARP Washington; and Andy Nicholas, Budget & Policy Center associate director of fiscal policy

  • 3 p.m: Spoken word poetry: Louie Vital, poet and social justice activist

  • 3:05: Afternoon keynote presentation: Washington state Governor Jay Inslee (introduction by Greg Wong, Budget & Policy Center board member)

  • 3:30: Closing/Call to Action: Irene Basloe Saraf and Lauren Hipp, Budget & Policy Center board members

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