Join Philanthropy Northwest and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center as we ask: how will federal budget and tax policy impact our work with grantees?
States get about one-third of their revenue from the federal government — funds that help pay for health care, schools, housing, roads, child care, job training and a range of other programs. The President's 2018 budget includes massive cuts to state and local programs and services, shifting costs to the states and leaving policymakers with difficult choices about how to respond. With most states struggling to balance their budgets and many facing revenue shortfalls, states may be forced to scale back or eliminate critical programs and services. Programs that support kids and families and help them afford the basics — like food assistance, Medicaid, housing and education investments — are all at risk.
We'll first watch a virtual briefing: Federal Policy, Budget and Revenue Outlook – What’s in store during the 116th Congress? Noted tax and budget policy expert Bob Greenstein will provide an overview of the key provisions in the federal budget; discuss current and upcoming budget debates and battles; and offer insights on the potential impact for struggling families, workers and communities.
Local experts will share their perspective on Washington's fiscal landscape and how the federal landscape will affect funding for critical programs and services serving children and families in Washington. We will then have an open discussion about what this means for our work as funders and for the work of our grantees.
Note: if you would like to join us virtually, we will have call-in details available!