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New federal bill to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact: Three things for Washingtonians to know

It’s a step forward, but plan is inadequate and excludes important members of our communities

By - March 27, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity

Lawmakers made progress to promote economic security, but much more is needed

New policies can start to address the economic crisis we now face

By Evan Walker, Narver policy fellow, Liz Olson, policy analyst, and Melinda Young-Flynn, communications director - March 20, 2020

COVID-19, Early Learning, Economic Well-Being, Income Inequality, Legislative Agenda, State Budget & Revenue

Lawmakers must continue to support people’s economic security during this public health crisis

Policymakers, advocates can take steps to support economic well-being amid the COVID-19 outbreak

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Misha Werschkul, executive director - March 9, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs, Wealth & Opportunity

Three takeaways from the House and Senate budget proposals

Proposals are a good start, but lawmakers must invest more in communities of color and create new tax revenue

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Liz Olson, policy analyst - February 26, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, Economic Well-Being, Equity, State Budget & Revenue

The revenue forecast explained in GIFs (and one chart)

What to watch for in the state economic and revenue forecast

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Misha Werschkul, executive director - February 18, 2020

Economic Well-Being, State Budget & Revenue

Kids and parents deserve a stronger WorkFirst/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program

Lawmakers should reinvest in basic support for families experiencing poverty

By - February 13, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs

Stronger local tools are needed to address homelessness

King County payroll tax option is a good start, but more revenue is needed

By - February 13, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs

KIDS COUNT: Invest in assets to build economic security for kids of color

State lawmakers should fund the Communities of Concern Commission

By - February 13, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Healthy People & Communities, KIDS COUNT

It’s time for a statewide Child Savings Account program

CSAs can help put more kids on track for success in education

By - February 5, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Education, Equity, Postsecondary Ed, Wealth & Opportunity

All taxpayers should be eligible for the Working Families Tax Credit

Including Individual Tax Identification Number filers in the credit is paramount

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Emily Vyhnanek, Working Families Tax Credit coalition manager - February 3, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Equity, State Budget & Revenue, Working Families Tax Credit

Progressive taxation can advance gender equity

Our tax code harms women and nonbinary people; lawmakers can change that

By Margaret Babayan and Andy Nicholas - January 30, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, Capital Gains, Equity, Poverty & Basic Needs, Working Families Tax Credit

The Working Families Tax Credit can help reduce housing cost pressure

Policymakers can increase housing stability for Washingtonians this session

By - January 30, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Poverty & Basic Needs, Working Families Tax Credit

Lawmakers should build on governor’s 2020 budget proposal

A short session and election-year politics shouldn’t get in way of prioritizing communities

By Andy Nicholas, senior fellow, and Margaret Babayan, policy analyst - January 16, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, Equity, Legislative Agenda, State Budget & Revenue

The number of Washingtonians without insurance is growing

State legislation aims to reverse a problematic trend in health care access

By - December 4, 2019

Healthy People & Communities

A path forward to a new Washington economy

Building a sustainable, equitable economy that creates shared economic well-being

November 7, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Healthy People & Communities

Invest in neighborhoods, invest in kids

KIDS COUNT report shows nearly 70,000 Washington kids live in communities with high poverty rates

By - October 4, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Equity, KIDS COUNT, Poverty & Basic Needs

How Washington’s tax code can help advance racial justice

Reforming our inequitable tax code would help undo the damage of generations of racist policies, new brief shows

By - October 3, 2019

Capital Gains, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Progress in Washington, Working Families Tax Credit

Economic security programs help everyone thrive

New Census data underscore need for investment in programs like WorkFirst and tax credits

By - September 26, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Poverty & Basic Needs, State Budget & Revenue, Working Families Tax Credit

The Budget & Policy Center is growing!

Exciting organizational changes are aimed at advancing economic well-being and racial equity

September 25, 2019

B&PC News

Protect SNAP to combat food insecurity

Too many Washingtonians still struggle to put food on the table

By Margaret Babayan and Jennifer Tran - September 20, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Federal Policy, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs

Working Families Tax Relief Act is good for people who teach our kids and care for our loved ones

Millions of Washington workers would benefit from the federal proposal

By - August 30, 2019

Equity, Federal Policy, Working Families Tax Credit

“Public charge” rule threatens health of Washingtonians

The rule has widespread negative impacts

By - August 30, 2019

Equity, Federal Policy, Healthy People & Communities

Washingtonians should oppose Trump proposal to take food away from families struggling to make ends meet

New rule would harm more than 175,000 people in our state

By - August 23, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Federal Policy, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs

Tax credits for working families gaining steam in Washington and U.S.

Many proposals to provide income boosts to low-wage workers are moving forward

By - August 16, 2019

Equity, Federal Policy, Income Inequality, State Budget & Revenue, Working Families Tax Credit

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