Civic Academy Report: Budget 101 and a Vision for our Community
On Monday, April 13, twenty people from five Sound Alliance institutions came together for the first Civic Academy on how Washington funds state and local services.
There was great energy in the room as participants got clarity on the where the state’s revenue comes from and where it goes (expenses).
Participants were especially interested to discuss the disparity in the amount of revenue that comes in and how it gets collected versus the amount of services that need funding.
They discussed vision: What would our state or community look like if everything was funded in a fair, adequate, and sustainable way?
The idea for this Civic Academy started when Sound Alliance leaders met with Representatives Muri and Kilduff earlier in the year, and discovered they wanted a way to talk more concretely about the state budget in future meetings with other representatives.
Leaders are excited about holding more Civic Academies so more leaders can be informed on this important topic, hold conversations and form judgements and visions on our shared future.
Interested in attending or hosting a civic academy? Contact Julia Moen, Sound Alliance organizer.