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Lawmakers act to balance state tax code by passing capital gains tax

Budget & Policy Center research provided foundation for this policy win

April 25, 2021

Budget & Tax Analysis, Capital Gains, Equity, State Budget & Revenue

Final budget proposal gets Washington state closer to an inclusive economy

Statement from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center

April 24, 2021

B&PC News, Equity, State Budget & Revenue

Pop-up art installation in Olympia supports tax on capital gains

Work features artists from across Washington

By Dujie Tahat - April 20, 2021

B&PC News, Budget & Tax Analysis, Capital Gains, State Budget & Revenue, Working Families Tax Credit

The Working Families Tax Credit to be enacted in Washington state

In an historic win, nearly one in six households will receive an annual Recovery Rebate

April 16, 2021

Cash Stimulus, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Working Families Tax Credit

House & Senate offer a path to recovery in budget proposals

Policymakers are listening to growing calls for new revenue and more investments

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Andy Nicholas, senior policy fellow - April 1, 2021

Budget & Tax Analysis, Equity, Legislative Agenda

Washington state’s Recovery Rebate is part of nationwide momentum to include immigrants

A growing number of states are making cash assistance inclusive of ITIN filers

By - April 1, 2021

Cash Stimulus, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Working Families Tax Credit

Robust cash support will help ensure an inclusive recovery

State lawmakers must make cash support broadly available to people, regardless of employment or immigration status

By - March 18, 2021

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Poverty & Basic Needs, Working Families Tax Credit

Revenue forecasts don’t reflect the lived experience of communities

Lawmakers must rebalance our tax code to ensure all communities can thrive in the years ahead

By Margaret Babayan and Andy Nicholas - March 17, 2021

Economic Well-Being, State Budget & Revenue

Lawmakers must increase the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/WorkFirst cash grant

TANF benefits, largely unchanged since 1996, are inadequate to support family well-being

By - March 12, 2021

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Poverty & Basic Needs

More evidence shows that tax credits are good for health

Policies that provide cash assistance can improve physical and mental health for kids and parents

By - March 12, 2021

Cash Stimulus, Healthy People & Communities, Working Families Tax Credit

Important progress happening on tax justice and racial justice

Now policymakers must move key bills forward to sign into law

March 11, 2021

B&PC News, Capital Gains, Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Equity, Legislative Agenda, Working Families Tax Credit

Washington state’s debt-based driver’s license suspension laws mirror racist legal system

SB 5226 would reform driver’s license suspension policies that disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and people of color

By - March 5, 2021

Economic Well-Being, Equity

Washington state’s upside-down tax code is even more racist than you think

Lawmakers can’t stall on reforming a system that channels income to wealthy white households

By Andy Nicholas and Margaret Babayan - February 10, 2021

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

Legislators must improve unjust driver’s license suspension laws

Getting rid of debt-based license suspensions would bring relief to many Washingtonians

By - February 3, 2021

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Poverty & Basic Needs

Our state’s recovery must include immigrant communities

State lawmakers must invest in immigrants excluded from federal relief & state benefit programs

By - February 2, 2021

COVID-19, Equity, Healthy People & Communities

Washington state needs a Recovery Rebate now

The Rebate – an updated Working Families Tax Credit – would provide cash to around 500,000 households

By - January 19, 2021

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Working Families Tax Credit

It is critical to our future to protect the democratic process & dismantle white supremacy

A statement from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center

January 15, 2021

B&PC News, Equity, Federal Policy, State Budget & Revenue

Governor’s budget a good start, but more must be done to meet urgent need

Washington lawmakers must act boldly this legislative session

By Margaret Babayan, policy analyst, and Andy Nicholas, senior policy fellow - December 23, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, COVID-19, Equity

New data emphasize need to prioritize support for kids of color during pandemic

Pandemic “pain points” are worsening longstanding disparities, and they must be addressed

December 15, 2020


Lawmakers must change unjust driver’s license suspension policies

Current policies endanger public safety and entrap residents in a cycle of debt and economic hardship

By Evan Walker, policy analyst, and Andy Nicholas, senior policy fellow - November 30, 2020

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Progress in Washington

Washingtonians call for bold action to support an inclusive economic recovery

Even as we await federal election results, people must advocate for key budget and revenue priorities

By Misha Werschkul and Jennifer Tran - November 4, 2020

Ballot Measures, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Healthy People & Communities, State Budget & Revenue

Washington’s kids need investments – not short-sighted cuts – to weather the COVID-19 crisis

KIDS COUNT brief urges lawmakers to act boldly on behalf of kids & families

By - October 28, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Education, KIDS COUNT

The 2020 census matters, and there’s still time to be counted

Washington communities deserve fair representation, federal funding, and good data

By - September 18, 2020

Equity, Federal Policy, Healthy People & Communities

To support kids, support their caregivers

KIDS COUNT brief highlights the need to invest in child care workers and educators

August 10, 2020

Early Learning, Education, Equity, Federal Policy, KIDS COUNT

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