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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

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

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

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