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Voters Raise Wages for 730,000 Washingtonians; Federal Changes Could Threaten Washington’s Children and Families

Voters Raise Wages for 730,000 Washingtonians; Federal Changes Could Threaten Washington’s Children and Families

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-11-10 14:15:00 | (0) Comments

In the November 8 election, voters in Washington state overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to help working families in our state and strengthen our state economy. The passage of Initiative 1433 means more than 730,000 Washingtonians will get a raise in the next four years. Minimum wage workers 18 and older will earn $11 an hour starting in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020. They will also receive paid sick leave beginning 2018. 

Investments in Food Assistance Improve Child Well-Being

Investments in Food Assistance Improve Child Well-Being

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-10-30 16:55:00 | (0) Comments
By Julie Watts, deputy director
 

Washington’s children have a chance at a better future thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New research from a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report shows that continued investments into this federally funded program set kids up to see better health and education outcomes throughout their lives. It also wards against the effects of hunger and poverty on children and families. 

2016 Ballot Measures: What’s at Stake

2016 Ballot Measures: What’s at Stake

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-10-20 17:40:00 | (0) Comments
By Misha Werschkul, executive director, and Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy
 

Voters in Washington state can impact the state’s future in a range of measures on the November 2016 ballot. Based on our extensive research and analysis into the economic costs and benefits of raising the minimum wage, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center endorses Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide sick and safe leave.

Census Data Highlights Disparities in Economic Well-Being for Children of Color

Census Data Highlights Disparities in Economic Well-Being for Children of Color

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-09-28 16:25:00 | (0) Comments
by David Hlebain, interim policy analyst
 

While 2016 U.S. Census data shows an overall slight decline in Washington residents living below the poverty line, a closer look at the numbers demonstrates persistent economic challenges of households and families with low incomes. Kids, especially children of color, are most likely to grow up in households with low incomes. 

Raising Incomes for Home Care Workers Would Boost Economy

Raising Incomes for Home Care Workers Would Boost Economy

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-09-26 16:20:00 | (0) Comments
By David Hlebain, interim policy analyst


Raising incomes for low-wage home care workers would help strengthen our state economy, according to our new report, How Raising Incomes for Low-Wage Workers Boosts the Economy: A Study of Washington State’s Home Care Workforce. The report shows that if policymakers raise the base hourly wage of home care workers to $15, workers would be better able to meet the costs of basic needs for themselves and their families, leading to increased economic activity in the state. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

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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