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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

Washington needs targeted investment in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Investments in families with lower incomes would alleviate the economic pressure of COVID-19

By - August 4, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Federal Policy, Poverty & Basic Needs

Federal leaders must keep money flowing to support equitable economic recovery

Republican COVID-19 relief plan doesn’t meet need of Washingtonians

By - July 28, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Federal Budget & Tax, Federal Policy

Now is the time to invest in the health of Washington’s people and communities

Our new brief offers state policy recommendations for the COVID-19 recovery

By - July 22, 2020

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, State Budget & Revenue

Washington state’s essential workers deserve relief & real protections

Black, Latinx, immigrant, & women workers are keeping our communities afloat

By - July 20, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Good Jobs, Healthy People & Communities

A conversation with the 2019-20 Narver Fellow

By - June 25, 2020

B&PC News

Cash, food, & housing assistance play a critical role in COVID-19 recovery

Strengthen public supports to stabilize Washington families

By - June 23, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Poverty & Basic Needs

Dismal economic forecast shows need for bold investments

Cutting public supports will only make things worse

By - June 18, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, State Budget & Revenue

Washington lawmakers: Invest in communities, don’t make knee-jerk cuts

We call on leaders to respond wisely to this economic crisis

June 17, 2020

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, State Budget & Revenue

Proposals from state agencies paint devastating picture of all cuts approach

Washington state’s elected leaders must chart a different path with community needs at the center

By Misha Werschkul, executive director, and Liz Olson, policy analyst - June 10, 2020

Budget & Tax Analysis, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, State Budget & Revenue

Washington needs a state cash stimulus

Lawmakers must invest in the people and communities that drive our economy

By Emily Vyhnanek, Working Families Tax Credit coalition manager, and Margaret Babayan, policy analyst - May 28, 2020

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity

It’s time to include undocumented immigrants in state response to COVID-19

Undocumented immigrants excluded from more than $700 million in economic relief so far

By Misha Werschkul, executive director, and Margaret Babayan, policy analyst - May 21, 2020

COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Healthy People & Communities

Envisioning a just and inclusive future for our state

Principles for a state policy response to the COVID-19 economic fallout

April 15, 2020

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Equity, Healthy People & Communities, Poverty & Basic Needs, State Budget & Revenue

We must protect and boost public investments at this critical time

Statement from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center

April 2, 2020

Cash Stimulus, COVID-19, Economic Well-Being, Healthy People & Communities, State Budget & Revenue

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

Cash Stimulus, 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

Trump rule will harm families, perpetuate trauma against immigrant communities

“Public charge” rule will also cause significant economic and cultural loss in Washington

August 12, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Equity, Federal Policy

A small bright spot in Washington’s tax code

We’re smarter than many states when it comes to senior property tax exemptions

By - July 26, 2019

Economic Well-Being, Property Tax, State Budget & Revenue

Supreme Court rightly rules the census citizenship question is out for now

The fight continues to ensure a full and accurate count of Washington’s communities

By - June 27, 2019

Equity, Federal Policy, Healthy People & Communities

Washington needs to ensure child population grows up strong

KIDS COUNT report reveals policymakers need to prioritize kids’ health, early learning, economic security

June 17, 2019

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

Low blow: Trump proposal would increase economic hardship

Lowering the poverty measure would make it less accurate and cut people off basic supports

By - June 13, 2019

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

A conversation with our Narver Fellow

Our new Betty Jane Narver Policy Fellow alumna talks about her time with us so far

By - June 7, 2019

B&PC News

How federal tax credits can fix income inequality in Washington

Forward-thinking federal proposals show how to boost incomes of millions of workers

By - May 31, 2019

Federal Budget & Tax, Federal Policy, Working Families Tax Credit

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