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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Economic Security: Key to Recovery and Prosperity

State investments play a critical role in protecting Washingtonians against the continued economic downturn. Strong public structures- such as unemployment insurance, child care, housing, and food assistance – protect our families from poverty and deprivation when someone loses a job or faces a financial hardship. These types of investments are especially important when the impact of a downturn is as severe as the one we are experiencing now.
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