Program

We’re excited to see you at #BudgetMatters19! Here’s what you can look forward to during the summit:

8:30 a.m. – Registration opens
Coffee and light breakfast by Golas Kitchen

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and meeting norms

9:15 a.m. – Policy panel – The Illusion of Race-Neutral Tax Policy and Tax Reform Movements: Creating a new vision to advance equity
Tax policy has long solidified racial inequality, and movements for tax reform have not elevated communities of color as leaders and catalysts for change. Speakers will share ideas on how we can reorient to ensure impacted communities play a leading role in developing policies and creating change. They will also discuss findings from the new report, “Washington’s Tax Code is an Untapped Resource to Advance Racial Justice.”

  • Moderator: Misha Werschkul, Washington State Budget & Policy Center
  • Misha Hill, Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy
  • Mike Mitchell, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Andy Nicholas, Washington State Budget & Policy Center

10:35 a.m. – Community panel – 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
Far too often communities of color are left out of state spending decisions. As a result, the revenue that they help raise through their advocacy efforts aren’t reinvested back into their communities. In addition, many people and communities of color face persistent discrimination and inequitable decision-making when they receive services from or partner with state agencies. This panel will share their experiences from across Washington state and what changes would make the most impact for their work.

  • Moderator: Juan Jose Bocanegra – All In For Washington
  • Sameth (Sah-MATE) Mell – Coalition for Immigrants Refugees & Communities of Color
  • Brenda Rodriguez Lopez – Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors
  • Ramon Torres – Familias Unidas por la Justicia

11:25 a.m. – Supporting movements for tax justice – Kirsten Harris-Talley, Progress Alliance

11:30 a.m. – Wrap-up: So what’s next?

Artist and facilitator Maketa (Ma-KAY-ta) Wilborn will be graphic recording throughout the summit. After the panel presentations, he will help us put together everything we’ve learned, continue the conversation, and build relationships in the room and beyond.

12:20 p.m. – Closing remarks – Martin Negrete, All In For Washington

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