Economic Security

mom and babyStrong communities, healthy families, and a thriving economy that benefits us all: That is the future we want for Washington state. Yet far too many residents are struggling to put food on the table and afford a roof over their heads, much less to save for the future. Economic progress for our state means that everyone can share in a growing state economy. 

Our state must provide people with the foundations they need to gain economic security. To do that, it must protect investments in programs that are critical to so many families with middle and low incomes, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Working Connections Child Care, mental health services, housing assistance, and job training programs. When Washingtonians have access to programs that strengthen their ability to provide for themselves and their families, this can lead to improved long-term outcomes for families, communities, and the economy.

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Related Research:

General Assistance: New Strategies for a Vital Program

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.

High Interest, Lost Opportunity: Mapping the cost of payday lending in Washington State

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.

State could do more to support struggling families: Benefit levels have not kept up with the cost of living

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.
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HIGHLIGHTS

Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch here) featured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation. 

Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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