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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.

Final budget brings momentous victories for communities, but property tax cuts will come at a cost

Final budget brings momentous victories for communities, but property tax cuts will come at a cost

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2018-03-14 14:30:00 | (0) Comments

In the final 2018 supplemental budget, Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate reached compromises to make several laudable new investments in our schools and communities – including some very worthy investments that advocates for low-income communities and communities of color have promoted for years. But lawmakers also cut next year’s state property tax using accounting gimmicks that may leave the state in financial trouble for years to come. Not only did budget writers choose to pay for these across-the-board property tax cuts with funds that should have gone toward the state’s emergency savings, they also missed opportunities to strengthen our state tax code. 

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