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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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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We will host two Budget Matters policy summits this year – one in Spokane on October 31 (register now) and one in Seattle on December 6 (registration coming soon)! The Spokane summit, featuring Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will focus on the impact of federal and state policy decisions on eastern Washington communities. The Seattle summit, featuring Glenn Harris of Race Forward, will examine what it would take to lift up everyone to advance progress in our state. Find out more.

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.

Budget Beat!

Check out the Budget Beat webinars we hosted throughout the 2017 legislative session, including our most recent Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on our YouTube channel

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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