It’s crucial that hard-working Washingtonians have pathways to enter and stay in the middle class. Helping people with low incomes meet basic needs while they work, or are looking for work, saves money in the long run and provides greater stability for children and families. Strengthening policies that reward work is critical to our recovery and an essential part of a strong future economy.
- Scraping By Isn’t Enough: What the Poverty Data Doesn’t Show (blog and statewide poverty factsheet)
- Census Poverty Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story (blog and interactive map of living wage by county)
- New Data Shows Social Programs Lifted 241,000 Kids Out of Poverty in Washington (blog)
- Invest in TANF to Help Strengthen Families (blog and factsheet)
- Bringing High-Quality Early Learning to Kids and Families (blog and ECEAP and WCCC factsheet)
- Addressing Hunger in Washington State (blog and SNAP/State Food Assistance factsheet)
- February 11, 2009 - Today the Budget and Policy Center is releasing a new policy brief on Washington’s General Assistance Program, which provides financial and medical assistance to over 20,000 adults with disabilities in the state.
- February 15, 2008 - The official projection of the amount of money the state will raise for the current two-year budget (ending in June 2008) is $423 million lower than it was in November, according to the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Read the update
- January 31, 2007 - Basic financial services available to lower income families such as cashing checks and short-term loans often come with interest rates that soar well above 300 percent.
- January 2007 - The monthly WorkFirst cash assistance benefit is a key part of the state’s social safety net, but it has not been increased since 1993.
- February, 2006 - The budget agreement makes the most significant changes to the TANF program since it was enacted in 1996 – effectively ending years of debate regarding the program’s reauthorization.
- February, 2006 - This brief describes fiscal and policy changes to other key areas included in the budget agreement.
- Jan. 26, 2006 - A new report today found Washington State wealthy families have over seven times higher incomes than low-income families.