Check out our side-by-side analysis of the budget proposals

Throughout the legislative session, the Governor, House of Representatives, and Senate each propose a budget to fund the state’s priorities for the 2017-2019 biennium. After each branch of government introduces a budget proposal, the House Appropriations committee and Senate Ways & Means committee hold hearings on these proposals, each chamber passes their budget, and ultimately […]

Senate Budget is a Step Back for Washington

The Senate released their state budget. This budget wages a war of attrition on our communities, which is unacceptable. Take action to tell your lawmakers we need a better budget! Instead of forwarding a vision that would make Washington stronger, this nonsensical budget doubles down on the harm in Trump’s proposed federal budget. It attempts […]

2016 Endorsements: Our Network’s Values at the Ballot

Ballots have been mailed out, and it is time once again to take the opportunity the election offers to vote our values at the ballot. The Poverty Action board – with input from our members, staff, and partners – has taken a position on critical statewide ballot initiatives that can have a great impact for […]

Invest in TANF to Help Strengthen Families

Check out the recent post our own Lara Sim co-wrote with Elena Hernandez from Budget & Policy Center! “Kids do better when their parents do better. So policymakers should look for ways to leverage and enhance the tools we have to ensure that they are improving outcomes for the entire family. A great place to […]

Oppose High Cost Small Loans (Payday lending) and Debt Settlement bills!

Dear community partners, Please consider signing onto our letter to lawmakers encouraging them to oppose a bill that would increase predatory lending and debt settlement in our state. Right now in Olympia, payday lenders are again attempting to skirt Washington’s consumer protections, this time by creating a new financial product.  HB 1922/SB 5899 are bills that […]

It’s really true. Tony Lee is retiring…sort of!

The rumors are true. After nearly 20 years with Solid Ground, Tony Lee is officially retiring! For nearly three decades, the last 19 years as Advocacy Director at Solid Ground, Tony has been our state’s leading lobbyist on issues impacting low-income people and families. In his role at Solid Ground, Tony helped found Poverty Action, playing an essential […]

Check out our General Election Voter Guide!

As most of you know, Poverty Action has been committed to building grassroots power with low-income people and families since 1996. We focus on changing laws in Olympia, correcting injustices, and ensuring that every single person can have their basic needs met. Voting for great community leaders in Olympia enables us to have our voices and […]

Our 2014 Policy Agenda is Now ONLINE

Poverty Action’s public policy agenda for the 2014 Legislative Session is a document of values, and reflects the priorities of our membership and board. Through listening sessions, board meetings, membership meetings and actions, this agenda reflects the collective values of our nearly 11,000 members for the coming year. These are issues on which Poverty Action […]

Poverty Action at the Capitol: Honor Dr. King’s Legacy Through Action

  This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join Poverty Action as we work to dismantle racism, build economic equity, and ensure every Washingtonian has the opportunity to thrive. We believe that systemic change is the only way to deliver on the goals and vision Dr. King laid out almost 42 years ago. We strive to honor […]

‘Tis the Season…for Supporting Social Justice!

Dear Members & Friends, Winter is one of my favorite times of year and I hope you are enjoying the season too! One of the reasons I love the end of the year is that it gives me the opportunity to show my appreciation for all the great work that happens in our state by […]