Paid Family Leave – 2009 Legislative Action for Family Security

Rebuild family economic security

  • Adopt Washington Voluntary Retirement Accounts, HB 1893, SB 5791
  • Expand and fund family leave insurance, HB 1609, SB 5679

Early Learning

  • Budget item:  Maintain $3 million in the 2009-2011 budget for the Career and Wage Ladder
  • Approve collective bargaining for child care centers – HB 1329, SB 5572
  • Improve early learning and care by creating a streamlined system and maintaining supports for professional development – HB 1943
  • Adopt HB 1410/SB 5444, which includes early learning for at-risk 3-4 year olds in the definition of basic education.
  • Protect voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs to serve at-risk families.
  • Reform components of child care subsidies to increase the efficiency of the system and the stability of children’s care – HB 1754.

Strengthen tax base to fund 21st century education system

  • Broaden tax base
  • Begin process leading to progressive income tax
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