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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 President’s Budget Would Harm Washingtonians, Leave State on the Hook for Massive Costs By Misha Werschkul | May 23, 2017

Blog Post Important gains have been made for a better future for our state, but more needs to be done By Julie Watts | May 02, 2017

Blog Post Don’t Let the Talking Points Fool You: Senate Republicans’ Budget Proposal Is a House of Cards By Andy Nicholas | March 23, 2017

Blog Post Lawmakers Must Protect the Wellbeing of Children, Families, and People with Disabilities By Julie Watts | March 23, 2017

Blog Post Five Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Harm Washington State By Julie Watts | March 20, 2017

Blog Post Policymakers Have Opportunities to Advance Family Well-Being this Session By Julie Watts | February 15, 2017

Fact Sheet Ensure All Washingtonians Have Food Security February 15, 2017

Fact Sheet How Eliminating Asset Caps in Public Programs Could Help Participants February 15, 2017

Blog Post Intergenerational Poverty Bill Would Help Lift Children and their Parents Out of Poverty By Julie Watts | February 01, 2017

Blog Post The Future We Want: The Washington State Budget & Policy Center Announces Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda By Julie Watts | December 12, 2016

Blog Post Investments in Food Assistance Improve Child Well-Being By Julie Watts | October 30, 2016

Blog Post Census Data Highlights Disparities in Economic Well-Being for Children of Color By David Hlebain | September 28, 2016

Blog Post Raising Incomes for Home Care Workers Would Boost Economy By David Hlebain | September 26, 2016

Blog Post Census Snapshot: Too Many Washingtonians Still Struggling to Make Ends Meet By David Hlebain | September 15, 2016

Blog Post Raising the Minimum Wage Is an Investment in Washington’s Kids By David Hlebain | September 14, 2016

Fact Sheet A Look at the Economic Well-Being of Washingtonians with Low Incomes 2016 September 01, 2016

Blog Post More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock By Admin | June 21, 2016

Blog Post Report: Changes Needed So Washington’s Kids Have Chance for Bright Future By Melinda Young-Flynn | June 13, 2016

Blog Post Lawmakers Can Prevent Thousands of Washingtonians from Losing Food Assistance By Elena Hernandez | April 04, 2016

Blog Post Proposed Two-Generation Legislation is Important Step in Improving Family Economic Security By Lori Pfingst | January 15, 2016

Blog Post We Need a Two-Generation Approach to End Child Poverty By Lori Pfingst | November 25, 2015

Blog Post Scraping By Isn’t Enough: What the Poverty Data Doesn’t Show By Elena Hernandez | September 17, 2015

Blog Post Deadline Approaching for Best Chance to Feed Hungry Kids in Our State By Elena Hernandez | August 12, 2015

Blog Post Today is the 50th Anniversary of Medicaid By Kim Justice | July 30, 2015

Blog Post NEW REPORT: Too Many Kids Are Being Left Behind in Economic Recovery By Lori Pfingst | July 17, 2015

Blog Post Help for Struggling Families: A Disappearing Act By Elena Hernandez | June 16, 2015

Blog Post Washington State Lagging in Key Measures of Progress By Kim Justice | March 24, 2015

Blog Post Invest in TANF to Help Strengthen Families By Elena Hernandez | March 10, 2015

Fact Sheet Temporary Assistance for Needy Families March 10, 2015

Blog Post New Data Shows Social Programs Lifted 241,000 Kids Out of Poverty in Washington By Lori Pfingst | February 25, 2015

Blog Post Addressing Hunger in Washington State By Elena Hernandez | October 30, 2014

Fact Sheet Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – aka Basic Food October 01, 2014

Blog Post Washington State One of Three States Where Poverty Is Increasing By Elena Hernandez | September 18, 2014

Blog Post Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Would Have Devastating Impact in Washington State By Lori Pfingst | July 25, 2014

Blog Post Caseload Decline is Nothing to Celebrate By Kim Justice | December 20, 2013

Blog Post New KIDS COUNT Report: Lack of Economic Security Threatens Washington State’s Kids By Lori Pfingst | June 24, 2013

Blog Post Working Family Tax Credits Are Good for Wa. State’s Children and Economy By Tara Lee | April 09, 2013

Blog Post Washington Kids Slipping In Key Indicators of Well-Being By Lori Pfingst | July 25, 2012

Blog Post There’s a Way We Can Build Economic Prosperity for Washington’s Children By Mike Mitchell | July 19, 2012

Blog Post Work Supports Critical to Women’s Economic Recovery By Lori Pfingst | February 15, 2012

Blog Post Children and Homelessness in Washington State By Stacey Schultz | March 17, 2009

Brief/Report State could do more to support struggling families January 01, 2007

Brief/Report New federal TANF requirements pose tough choices for Washington February 01, 2006

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