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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 20:25:00 | (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 20:20:00 | (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. 

McCleary Reality Check: Legitimate Solutions Required to Fully Fund Schools

McCleary Reality Check: Legitimate Solutions Required to Fully Fund Schools

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2016-09-23 18:40:00 | (0) Comments

This is the second in a series of schmudget blog posts about property taxes in Washington state and the role they play in funding basic K-12 education. 

Slight Boost in Projected Tax Revenues Won’t Fix School Funding Crisis

Slight Boost in Projected Tax Revenues Won’t Fix School Funding Crisis

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2016-09-21 20:20:00 | (0) Comments

Although the newest state revenue projections anticipate a modest increase in available tax resources in the coming years, that uptick is minuscule compared to the billions of additional dollars needed to fund schools in Washington state.

Census Snapshot: Too Many Washingtonians Still Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Census Snapshot: Too Many Washingtonians Still Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Posted by Melinda Young-Flynn, 2016-09-16 02:35:00 | (0) Comments
By David Hlebain, interim policy analyst
 

The new U.S. Census data shows that the number of Washington residents living below the poverty line declined 1 percent between 2014 and 2015. This welcome news is tempered by the fact that the data shows that hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians remain in poverty, with communities of color struggling the most. Given this, policymakers need to look beyond the immediate headlines touting our progress and make smart investments in creating a thriving economy that works for all of us.

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.

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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