Building an Economy that Works for Everyone


Nearly one out of every ten Americans lacks access to health insurance and one in five Americans is “underinsured,” paying more than 10 percent of their income to cover their health costs. And now, with unemployment rates projected to reach 30 percent in the coming months, people are losing their job-based health coverage in droves – right in the middle of a global pandemic. Lawmakers need to implement solutions so that everyone can get the care they need in this crisis.

They also need to protect the future. Washington policymakers must not repeat the mistakes of earlier recessions, including the Great Recession. We still have not fully recovered from the state budget passed in 2010, which, anticipating the stoppage of federal stimulus funding, eviscerated early learning, public health, higher education, mental health, state parks, and income support for low-income people. 

Research Feed

State of Working Washington
COVID-19 Pandemic Means Unprecedented Job Losses, but Impact Isn’t Uniform

Smaller, high-wage sectors and people with college degrees face better odds

Inclusive Health Access
Recession Budgets Left Washington Vulnerable to COVID-19

Cuts deprived people of resiliency and opportunity for years after the economy recovered

State Must Invest – Not Cut – to Avoid Long Term Economic Harm 

Together we can build a better future for Washington State

Early Learning
Saving Child Care and Protecting Children in this Pandemic-Depression

Essential Workers on the Front Line of the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Healthy Communities

June 22, 2020

As Feds Fail to Act on HEROES, Washington’s Budget Crisis Deepens

Congress refuses to use a tool that could prevent national economic devastation

Progressive Tax Reform

June 17, 2020

All-Cuts Budget Will Deepen and Lengthen the COVID-19 Recession

Washington's tax code guarantees more hardship – unless lawmakers enact reforms


April 28, 2020

Structural Racism Helps Explain COVID-19 Disparities

The COVID-19 crisis gives us an opportunity to make structural changes for a better society