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Strong communities, healthy families, and a thriving economy that benefit us all: That is the future we want for Washington state. Yet too many people are struggling to just get by. Our state legislature must make sure that everyone can afford the basics and have the opportunity to thrive.

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Blog Post Getting rid of legal financial obligations can protect the economic security of thousands of Washingtonians By Evan Walker | July 14, 2021

Blog Post Greater investment in kids needed to help them thrive after the pandemic By Tracy Yeung | June 21, 2021

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

Blog Post Lawmakers must increase the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/WorkFirst cash grant By Liz Olson | March 12, 2021

Blog Post Legislators must improve unjust driver’s license suspension laws By Evan Walker | February 03, 2021

Video/Webinar Testimony on WorkFirst/TANF in the Senate Human Svcs, Reentry & Rehab Cmte January 26, 2021

Fact Sheet It’s time for a Recovery Rebate January 15, 2021

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

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

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

Blog Post Envisioning a just and inclusive future for our state By Melinda Young-Flynn | April 15, 2020

Blog Post Lawmakers must continue to support people’s economic security during this public health crisis By Margaret Babayan | March 09, 2020

Blog Post Kids and parents deserve a stronger WorkFirst/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program By Liz Olson | February 13, 2020

Blog Post Stronger local tools are needed to address homelessness By Andy Nicholas | February 13, 2020

Blog Post Progressive taxation can advance gender equity By Margaret Babayan | January 30, 2020

Blog Post The Working Families Tax Credit can help reduce housing cost pressure By Evan Walker | January 30, 2020

Fact Sheet The Working Families Tax Credit would support kids in early childhood January 28, 2020

Brief/Report Reinvest in WorkFirst/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families January 21, 2020

Blog Post Invest in neighborhoods, invest in kids By Liz Olson | October 04, 2019

Blog Post Economic security programs help everyone thrive By Liz Olson | September 26, 2019

Blog Post Protect SNAP to combat food insecurity By Jennifer Tran | September 20, 2019

Blog Post Washingtonians should oppose Trump proposal to take food away from families struggling to make ends meet By Liz Olson | August 23, 2019

Blog Post Washington needs to ensure child population grows up strong By Liz Olson | June 17, 2019

Blog Post Low blow: Trump proposal would increase economic hardship By Julie Watts | June 13, 2019

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