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Blog Post 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

Blog Post 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

Blog Post 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 By - December 15, 2020

Blog Post 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

Blog Post 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

Blog Post Washington state’s essential workers deserve relief & real protections Black, Latinx, immigrant, & women workers are keeping our communities afloat By - July 20, 2020

Blog Post Cash, food, & housing assistance play a critical role in COVID-19 recovery Strengthen public supports to stabilize Washington families By - June 23, 2020

Blog Post 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 - June 10, 2020

Blog Post 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

Blog Post KIDS COUNT: Invest in assets to build economic security for kids of color State lawmakers should fund the Communities of Concern Commission By -

Blog Post 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

Blog Post Economic security programs help everyone thrive New Census data underscore need for investment in programs like WorkFirst and tax credits By - September 26, 2019

Blog Post 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

Blog Post Washington needs to ensure child population grows up strong KIDS COUNT report reveals policymakers need to prioritize kids’ health, early learning, economic security By - June 17, 2019

Blog Post Washington is close to making history on long-term care First-in-nation program will help aging Washingtonians get access to care By - April 16, 2019

Blog Post The sky-high cost of child care rivals tuition and rent Lawmakers must address the child care affordability crisis By - April 9, 2019

Blog Post Punitive WorkFirst policies disproportionately harm families of color Program cuts have stark racist impacts By - February 21, 2019

Blog Post WorkFirst/TANF must be restored in our state Lawmakers should roll back program cuts that have worsened hardship for families in poverty By - January 31, 2019

Blog Post New “public charge” proposal would harm Washington families Federal policy proposal targets immigrants with low incomes and would reverberate across our communities By - December 5, 2018

Blog Post Washingtonians should be paid for the hours they work Proposed updates to state overtime rules will improve work-life balance and increase income By - November 29, 2018

Blog Post Income gains are not being shared equally New Census data show many Washingtonians of color are still facing barriers to economic opportunity By - October 12, 2018

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