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Washington state’s members of Congress should reject SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill

Washington state’s members of Congress should reject SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill

Posted by April Dickinson, 2018-04-27 17:28:28 | (0) Comments
By Hana Jang, Narver policy fellow

Now that Republicans in Congress have released the details of their partisan Farm Bill, it is clear that the bill’s proposals for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are as harmful as we feared. This bill would take our communities in the wrong direction when it comes to the well-being of our residents. Nearly 1 million Washingtonians use SNAP to feed their families, and this bill would result in many seeing their benefits reduced or cut altogether, putting them at risk of being hungry or falling into poverty. The Farm Bill must be rejected by Washington state’s members of Congress.


In Washington state, the proposed changes to SNAP would:

Five essential truths about our state tax code

Five essential truths about our state tax code

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2018-04-12 12:40:00 | (0) Comments

We’re hearing a lot of conversations these days about a topic previously off the table at most social gatherings: our state’s tax code. As an organization that advocates for the important role that taxpayers’ investments play in the well-being of our state, we welcome the interest in this topic of conversation. 

Brief: Washington state must ensure kids are on the path to a healthy life

Brief: Washington state must ensure kids are on the path to a healthy life

Posted by Jennifer Tran, 2018-04-11 12:55:00 | (0) Comments

Washington state has made tremendous gains in recent years to make sure more kids and families have greater access to health insurance. In 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed the Cover All Kids law, creating affordable, comprehensive Apple Health for Kids coverage. Since then, the number of Washington children without health coverage has dropped to its lowest level on record. Yet despite reaching historically high rates of insurance coverage, racial gaps in health outcomes persist and must be addressed.

Kids of color are leading the way into a more racially diverse state

Kids of color are leading the way into a more racially diverse state

Posted by Jennifer Tran, 2018-04-11 12:55:00 | (0) Comments

Our new KIDS COUNT in Washington demographic profile, “Kids are Leading the Way Toward a New Washington,” shows how kids of color are leading our state into a more racially diverse future. The profile – the first release in our State of Washington’s Kids 2018 series – focuses on how Washington state’s population is projected to become majority people of color around 2050, and youth are at the forefront of this trend.

Threats to food assistance in Farm Bill could harm thousands of Washington households

Threats to food assistance in Farm Bill could harm thousands of Washington households

Posted by April Dickinson, 2018-04-05 19:15:00 | (0) Comments

By Misha Werschkul, executive director, and Hana Jang, Narver fellow

When Congress returns from spring recess on April 9, they will begin considering a Farm Bill that could undermine nearly four decades of progress in addressing hunger by including harmful cuts or changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP, and formerly known as food stamps), our nation’s largest and most effective anti-hunger program.

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