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2020 Trump Budget Proposal: Immorality on Display

We often speak of federal or state budgets as “moral documents,” meaning that it displays the values or intents of a certain administration or lawmaker. This certainly holds true for President Trump’s 2020 Budget, but the proposals it puts forward show few actual morals. The proposals put forth by the Trump Budget for Fiscal Year […]

Washington Lawmakers Must Prioritize Medical Debt Transparency This Session

Tony, a grandfather and retired truck-driver from Roy, WA., testified about his and his daughter’s experience with medical debt at the public hearing for SHB 1531 on February 6, 2019. We worked with him to write this op-ed about the importance of legislation that addresses medical debt collection, and his call for lawmakers to vote […]

Legislature Tackles Harms of Medical Debt

On Wednesday, we issued a press release alongside Columbia Legal Services on House Bill 1531 and Senate Bill 5530, two companion bills that address medical debt collection in Washington. Read on for more. Olympia, WA – State Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle) have introduced companion bills – House Bill 1531 and […]

You voted…now what?!

Last night, a whole new slate of lawmakers were voted into state and federal offices throughout the United States. Voters in Washington state and across the country cast their ballots for the lawmakers who spoke most to their values, and decided on state initiatives that will create a lasting impact on the future of their […]

Welcome to the team Jay!

  Poverty Action is excited to announce that we have a new Policy & Field Campaign Manager: Jay Doran! In this role, Jay leads our campaigns associated with debt relief. This includes issues such as consumer protections, medical debt, and re-entry policies. Jay oversees our policy, organizing, and communications staff, ensuring that our short-term policy […]