Economic Security

mom and babyIt’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.

 

 

 

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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.

New revenue projection emphasizes need for investments in economic security

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

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.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): New federal welfare requirements pose tough choices for Washington

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.

How the 2006 Federal Budget Agreement matters to Washington State: Impact on low and moderate-income Washingtonians

February, 2006 - This brief describes fiscal and policy changes to other key areas included in the budget agreement.

Gap between rich and poor in Washington - Third fastest growth in Nation: Incomes of Poorest Families Stagnant Over Past Decade

Jan. 26, 2006 - A new report today found Washington State wealthy families have over seven times higher incomes than low-income families.
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