The Poverty Action Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We’re having a party!

Please join Poverty Action in our end-of-session celebration, Together Towards Victory, for a night of food, drinks, and fun!  This event will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30 PM-7 PM at the Hillman City Collaboratory.  It is FREE and open to anyone and everyone who has ever advocated with us, worked alongside us, or […]

At Poverty Action, we believe that real experiences are the force behind real change! That’s why we’ve added a new section to our 2018 Legislative Session section of our website– Community Voices! Check it out to read the testimony from community members who would be directly impacted by the bills they advocate for. We’ll be […]

Welcome to the team Adriana

Poverty Action is excited announce that Adriana Lasso-Harrier has joined the Poverty Action team as our new communications coordinator. In that role she will implement media and communications strategies to help advance the narrative about poverty in Washington and work closely with community members to uphold their stories. Before joining Poverty Action, Adriana worked at Solid Ground […]