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The Working Families Tax Credit will reduce hardship across Washington

Tax credits and flexible cash policies can help more people live with economic dignity

By - July 16, 2021

Economic Well-Being, Federal Policy, Working Families Tax Credit

Getting rid of legal financial obligations can protect the economic security of thousands of Washingtonians

New report highlights need to end the inequitable system of fines and fees that disproportionately harms low-income people of color

By - July 14, 2021

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Poverty & Basic Needs

New reforms bring balance and equity to state’s tax code and economy

Capital gains wealth tax, Working Families Tax Credit, and investments in kids will boost recovery, enhance quality of life

By Andy Nicholas, Liz Olson, and Margaret Babayan - July 7, 2021

Budget & Tax Analysis, Capital Gains, Cash Stimulus, Early Learning, Economic Well-Being, Equity, State Budget & Revenue, Working Families Tax Credit

Greater investment in kids needed to help them thrive after the pandemic

New KIDS COUNT report highlights many kids in Washington struggle to meet basic needs

June 21, 2021

Early Learning, Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, KIDS COUNT, Poverty & Basic Needs

A conversation with the 2020-21 Narver Fellow

By - June 3, 2021

B&PC News

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

COVID-19, KIDS COUNT

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