Advancing racial equity through tax policy

Join the conversationsign up today

Hundreds of policymakers, advocates, community leaders, students, and other civic-minded Washingtonians will be at the Budget & Policy Center’s 2019 Budget Matters Policy Summit to join in the discussion about the racist impacts of our broken tax code – and how we can work together to advance bold policy solutions that will help address these systemic inequities. The main agenda includes two panels:

The illusion of race-neutral tax policy and tax reform movements: Creating a new vision to advance equity within tax policies and tax reform movements – featuring tax policy and racial justice experts Misha Hill from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy; Michael Mitchell from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Andy Nicholas from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Getting a seat at the table: What needs to change so that communities of color have a decision-making role in how state revenue is spent – featuring community leaders Sameth Mell of Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees & Communities of Color; Brenda Rodriguez Lopez of Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors; and Ramon Torres of Familias Unidas por La Justicia.

Also on the agenda is Maketa Wilborn, a Seattle-based organizational development consultant, master facilitator, and artist who is going to use art to visually tell the story of the summit’s conversations.

Visit the Featured Speakers page for more information about our speakers.

October 2 | Northwest African American Museum

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (estimated time)
Regular ticket rate: $75 + $6.64 fee
Groups of three or more: $60 + $5.66 fee
Scholarship rate: $25 + $3.41 fee

Light breakfast and coffee will be provided by Golas Kitchen and attendees will also receive admission to the Northwest African American Museum galleries.

Register here


NAAM is ADA accessible. We will do our best to provide additional accommodations (ie: hearing devices, special seating, ASL interpreters, etc.) by request. Please email

About the Washington State Budget & Policy Center

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center uses research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society. Learn more about our team, our impact, and how we keep equity at the forefront of our work.

Register here

Copyright Washington State Budget & Policy Center – All rights reserved

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close