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Some Ideas To Fix Washington State’s Economy

Posted by Lori Pfingst at Dec 04, 2012 07:10 PM |

Part IV in a series from our recent brief, In Pursuit of Prosperity: Eight Strategies to Rebuild Washington's Economy. 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.

In our recent policy brief, we provide analysis that shows there are cracks in the foundation of our economy – weak and unequal access to opportunity, a job market lopsided with low-wage work, and a broken revenue system

Policymakers can fix our economy and increase shared prosperity by ensuring opportunities are abundant and equal, creating better jobs, and fixing our flawed revenue system. Eight strategies can rebuild the middle class and make our economy work for everyone.  

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For more detail on these eight strategies, read the full brief
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Watch the Poverty Forum Video

If you missed the half-day Poverty Forum that we co-hosted with Partners for Our Children in May 2016, you can watch it on YouTube now. It features a range of speakers and panelists talking about policy solutions for addressing income inequality and poverty in our state.

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Come join our fun, hard-wording team of people who are passionate about social and economic justice! We're seeking a Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellow and a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

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