State Budget

We have a state operating budget that funds both education and social services. The way the revenue raised is a mixed bag, that may work in the short term but doesn’t fundamentally change the unfair tax structure in our state.

Some highlights of the budget include:

  • Redefining Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)’s work requirements to allow for up to two years of vocational education, creating more access for parents on TANF to get a credential from a community or technical college (aka our TANF 24 campaign).
  • Increasing the TANF grant by 2.5%, meaning $15 more in the pocket of a family of four to meet their basic needs each month. While we still haven’t fully restored the 2011 cut, we have managed to increase the TANF grant steadily over the last several years. And it was no small feat given this year’s budget climate!
  • Increasing the funding for civil legal aid by $4.8 million, an important first step in ensuring access to justice for low-income Washingtonians. This amount does not fully close the gap in need so we will continue to advocate investment in this critical service.
  • Investing in a Dental Pilot Project to allow greater access to care for Medicaid patients with diabetes and/or who are pregnant in three rural counties — Yakima, Cowlitz, and Adams.
  • No big cuts vital basic need programs. Despite the threat of deep cuts to our safety net programs for families and people with disabilities in the Senate budget, our advocacy ensured no grant reductions or eligibility restrictions to basic needs programs, including TANF, Working Connections Child Care, Housing & Essential Needs (HEN), the Aged, Blind & Disabled (ABD) grant, and State Food Assistance.

Thank you for all your advocacy that helped us reach a state budget that funds education without massively cutting social services.

As the budget has passed, there are no further actions at this time.