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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

Blog Post Budget in focus: Lawmakers made so-so investments in community health By Julie Watts | May 28, 2019

Video/Webinar 2019 Legislative Session Wrap-Up May 08, 2019

Video/Webinar Senate testimony on WorkFirst/TANF reinvestment April 08, 2019

Blog Post Punitive WorkFirst policies disproportionately harm families of color By Liz Olson | February 21, 2019

Blog Post WorkFirst/TANF must be restored in our state By Liz Olson | January 31, 2019

Fact Sheet WorkFirst Cuts Must be Rolled Back January 31, 2019

Fact Sheet Child Savings Accounts Put More Kids on Track for Success January 28, 2019

Blog Post New “public charge” proposal would harm Washington families By Liz Olson | December 05, 2018

Video/Webinar Senate Human Services Committee hearing on WorkFirst caseload declines November 15, 2018

Blog Post Families face obstacles to economic security By Julie Watts | October 23, 2018

Blog Post A good state budget is the best medicine By Jennifer Tran | October 18, 2018

Blog Post Income gains are not being shared equally By Liz Olson | October 12, 2018

Fact Sheet A Look at the Economic Well-Being of Washingtonians with Low Incomes October 01, 2018

Brief/Report Why Families Fall Behind While Working to Get Ahead October 01, 2018

Blog Post Washington state’s members of Congress should reject SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill By Hana Jang | April 27, 2018

Blog Post Threats to food assistance in Farm Bill could harm thousands of Washington households By Misha Werschkul | April 05, 2018

Blog Post Lawmakers must reinvest in WorkFirst to restore the promise of basic support to families facing poverty By Julie Watts | January 30, 2018

Blog Post An inclusive economy is essential for all Washingtonians, our economy, and the future progress of our state By Jennifer Tran | December 13, 2017

Blog Post Governor’s initiative on economic security is a big win for Washington’s families By Julie Watts | November 29, 2017

Blog Post KIDS COUNT: Barriers to opportunity prevent children of color and immigrant children from reaching their full potential By Jennifer Tran | October 24, 2017

Blog Post New Census Numbers: To Build Thriving Communities, Invest in Removing Barriers to Economic Security By Julie Watts | September 18, 2017

Blog Post State and Federal Proposals to Cut Funding for Women’s Health Would Decrease Family Economic Security By Misha Werschkul | June 19, 2017

Blog Post Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Critical to the Wellbeing of Many Washingtonians with Disabilities By Julie Watts | June 14, 2017

Blog Post KIDS COUNT: Washington Continues to See Historic Progress in Kids’ Health Care Access By Jennifer Tran | June 13, 2017

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