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All Income Growth is Going to the Richest 1 Percent of Washingtonians

All Income Growth is Going to the Richest 1 Percent of Washingtonians

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2016-06-23 18:00:00 | (0) Comments

It’s time for policymakers in Washington state to take steps to reverse decades of widening economic disparities that threaten broad prosperity, now that it has again been shown that all income growth since 2009 continues to flow to the wealthiest Washingtonians.

More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-06-21 13:45:00 | (0) Comments
Excerpted from the KIDS COUNT of Washington press release

June 21, 2016 
 
SEATTLE — Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Washington is ranked 15th among the 50 states in the Data Book, moving up four places in the national rankings of child well-being since 2015.

 

Report Highlights the Many Economic Contributions of Refugees in the U.S.

Report Highlights the Many Economic Contributions of Refugees in the U.S.

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-06-16 13:00:00 | (0) Comments

Welcoming refugees who flee to the United States to escape potential persecution in their home countries is not just the right thing to do from a humanitarian perspective. It’s also good for the continued growth of our economy, according to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress. 

Report: Changes Needed So Washington's Kids Have Chance for Bright Future

Report: Changes Needed So Washington's Kids Have Chance for Bright Future

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-06-13 14:20:00 | (0) Comments

All of Washington's children could have the opportunity to thrive in school and life if policymakers took key steps to improve economic security and remove barriers to success, our new report finds. 

Supreme Court Strikes Down Eyman’s Latest Attempt to Derail Social and Economic Progress

Supreme Court Strikes Down Eyman’s Latest Attempt to Derail Social and Economic Progress

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2016-05-26 20:50:00 | (0) Comments

This morning, the state Supreme Court unanimously struck down Tim Eyman’s latest attempt to restrict the legislature’s ability to eliminate wasteful tax breaks and enact new revenue for public priorities like education, infrastructure, and health care. Initiative 1366, another in a series of Eyman’s unconstitutional supermajority proposals, would have allowed a handful of lawmakers to stand in the way of attempts to raise revenue for these and other state investments. Supermajority laws require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to enact any tax increase, essentially granting veto power to just 17 senators out of 147 state legislators. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the Poverty Forum Video

If you missed the half-day Poverty Forum that we co-hosted with Partners for Our Children in May 2016, you can watch it on YouTube now. It features a range of speakers and panelists talking about policy solutions for addressing income inequality and poverty in our state.

We're Hiring!

Come join our fun, hard-wording team of people who are passionate about social and economic justice! We're seeking a Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellow and a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

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