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)
- We lay out specific recommendations for targeted investments that bring our state closer to providing prosperity for all Washingtonians. We also provide revenue options to help pay for those investments.
- By Lori Pfingst, PhD As our newly elected leaders reconvene for next legislative session and beyond, it is important they recognize that widely shared prosperity doesn’t happen by accident. History, supported by persuasive research, proves that prosperity happens when we deliberately invest in the foundations of a strong economy – broad and equal opportunity to build knowledge and skills, adequate compensation and support for workers, and adequate investments in conditions that foster economic growth.