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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing in profound ways the critical role that public services play in our lives. This public health and economic crisis has magnified existing and deeply rooted inequities across the state

The Budget & Policy Center believes that even in times of crisis, Washington leaders can implement strategic and impactful policies that support the children, families, individuals, and workers whose economic and social well-being is most affected by the consequences of COVID-19. We must remember the health of our economy and communities is only as strong as the support we extend to every Washingtonian.

See our principles for addressing the COVID-19 economic crisis.

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Blog Post The numbers are in: State investments and federal stimulus put Washington on a real path toward recovery By Margaret Babayan | August 17, 2021

Blog Post Robust cash support will help ensure an inclusive recovery By David Hlebain | March 18, 2021

Blog Post Important progress happening on tax justice and racial justice By Melinda Young-Flynn | March 11, 2021

Blog Post Our state’s recovery must include immigrant communities By Liz Olson | February 02, 2021

Brief/Report A Just Recovery Requires Lawmakers Include Immigrants January 26, 2021

Blog Post Washington state needs a Recovery Rebate now By Margaret Babayan | January 19, 2021

Fact Sheet El Reembolso de Recuperación es clave para la recuperación de Washington January 15, 2021

Fact Sheet 复苏退税 是华盛顿州复苏的关键 January 15, 2021

Fact Sheet Восстановительная выплата— ключ к восстановлению Вашингтона January 15, 2021

Blog Post Governor’s budget a good start, but more must be done to meet urgent need By Margaret Babayan | December 23, 2020

Chart/Graphic 2021-23 Governor’s budget by funding area December 23, 2020

Chart/Graphic Declining investments will exacerbate COVID’s toll on communities December 23, 2020

Blog Post New data emphasize need to prioritize support for kids of color during pandemic By Liz Olson | December 15, 2020

Blog Post Washingtonians call for bold action to support an inclusive economic recovery By Melinda Young-Flynn | November 04, 2020

Blog Post Washington’s kids need investments – not short-sighted cuts – to weather the COVID-19 crisis By Liz Olson | October 28, 2020

Blog Post Washington needs targeted investment in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families By Evan Walker | August 04, 2020

Blog Post Federal leaders must keep money flowing to support equitable economic recovery By Julie Watts | July 28, 2020

Blog Post Now is the time to invest in the health of Washington’s people and communities By Margaret Babayan | July 22, 2020

Brief/Report Investments today can lead to better health tomorrow July 22, 2020

Blog Post Washington state’s essential workers deserve relief & real protections By Liz Olson | July 20, 2020

Fact Sheet WA lawmakers must pave the way for an equitable recovery from COVID-19 July 10, 2020

Video/Webinar Webinar: Why cash matters for an equitable economic recovery July 09, 2020

Blog Post Cash, food, & housing assistance play a critical role in COVID-19 recovery By Liz Olson | June 23, 2020

Blog Post Washington lawmakers: Invest in communities, don’t make knee-jerk cuts By Melinda Young-Flynn | June 17, 2020

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