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Brief: Modernizing the Working Families Tax Rebate would rebalance the tax code, grow local economies, and help workers thrive

Brief: Modernizing the Working Families Tax Rebate would rebalance the tax code, grow local economies, and help workers thrive

Posted by Kelli Smith, 2018-08-14 09:50:00 | (0) Comments

In an inclusive economy, all Washingtonians would have access to economic security and the opportunity to prosper. Even though Washington’s economy is growing, progress isn’t reaching everybody. Income inequality is increasing, and too many people are still struggling to make ends meet – even those who work full time. This is especially true for many workers and families of color, who have long faced greater barriers to opportunity than their white neighbors – the result of historically racist policies and practices.

Brief: Poverty reduction programs support families to work and should be strengthened

Brief: Poverty reduction programs support families to work and should be strengthened

Posted by Julie Watts, 2018-08-01 15:50:00 | (0) Comments

Even with a strong economy and low unemployment rates, many households in Washington struggle to meet basic needs. Fortunately, poverty reduction programs remove obstacles that make it harder for families to get and keep jobs and help them grow their incomes over time. 

Yes on I-1631: An inclusive approach to building healthier communities

Yes on I-1631: An inclusive approach to building healthier communities

Posted by Andy Nicholas, 2018-07-18 17:25:00 | (0) Comments

Washingtonians must take bold action to confront the serious threat that air pollution poses to the health and well-being of communities from Longview to Walla Walla. But meaningful action can only be achieved and sustained if people and communities – especially people of color, rural communities, and other populations that are often overlooked by lawmakers and initiative campaigns – are rightfully included in developing solutions to this threat from the very beginning.

Brief: Set kids up for success from early learning through higher education

Brief: Set kids up for success from early learning through higher education

Posted by Julie Watts, 2018-07-10 17:10:00 | (0) Comments

In recent years, Washington state has made important strides in investing in public education and early learning. In the coming years, these changes will be put to a crucial test: Will they help children, especially children of color, surmount the barriers to quality K-12 learning and lifelong achievement?

Brief: Child savings accounts advance economic opportunities for kids and families

Brief: Child savings accounts advance economic opportunities for kids and families

Posted by Jennifer Tran, 2018-07-02 10:10:00 | (0) Comments
By Hana Jang, 2017-18 Narver policy fellow, and Jennifer Tran, senior policy analyst


In an inclusive economy, everyone – including the youngest among us – would have the means to have a lifetime of economic security. Yet this is not the case for many children and families in Washington state. Financial security and stability remain out of reach for many families, especially for families of color. Thirty percent of all households and 50 percent of households headed by people of color do not have enough savings to cover basic expenses for three months in the case of a sudden job loss, medical emergency, or another financial crisis – let alone enough resources to save for their own future and the future of their kids.

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Save the date!

Our Budget Matters 2018 policy conference will take place on November 13 at Seattle Center. john a. powell from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is the keynote. Stay tuned for more details. 

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.

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