Washington State, like the rest of the nation, is struggling from the effects of the recent economic recession. This downturn has been especially hard-hitting: unemployment has risen to record levels, increasingly people are living without health insurance, and more and more Washingtonians are receiving food stamps. In order to set the stage for economic recovery, lawmakers must take a balanced approach that includes careful spending cuts and revenue increases so that vital services are not eliminated at a time when people need them most.
- June 29, 2009 - A recent report issued by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center finds that for those living in poverty and struggling to keep food on the table, financial and geographic barriers make it harder to shop at grocery stores.
- May 1, 2009 - Lower income families struggle with an increasing gap between their incomes and the costs of basic necessities.
- March 9, 2009 - Our report finds costly mortgages for Latinos and African Americans and suggests that Washington State may not yet have seen the worst of the mortgage crisis.