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.
- April 9, 2008 - Despite the recent years of economic prosperity, the living standards of low- and middle-income families stagnated or even declined.
- August 29, 2006 - It has been four years since the national recession that started and ended in 2001. New data from the Census Bureau gives us an opportunity to compare today's Washington State economy with that of 2000, before the recession. Read the full update.