Washington Legislative Update - November 2019

We're getting ready for the 2020 Legislative Session including preparing for two December issue webinars.

UWPNW Hosts Two Policy Spotlight Webinars in December
Back by popular demand, the United Way of Pacific Northwest is offering two policy webinars in advance of the 2020 Legislative Session. These 90-minute sessions will offer an opportunity to share 
your local strategies and direction, learn from each other and engage with a subject matter expert on state level policy directions.  "Child Care and Early Learning" will be December 6 at 10 a.m. and will feature April Messenger, early learning manager, Children’s Alliance - Early Learning Action Alliance.  "The Road to Ending Poverty” will be December 13 at 10 a.m and will feature Marcy Bower, executive director of the Statewide Poverty Action Network.  You are encouraged to sign up for each one of these webinars and also invite partners and staff. 

Be Part of the Legislative Policy Team
We're looking for thoughtful, compassionate people who can be part of the United Ways of Washington  policy team. Meet by phone on a weekly basis to discuss legislative developments and help us develop tactics and strategies to promote our legislative agenda. To learn more about this, contact Jim Cooper. 

House Committee Reviews Child Care Cost Report
The House Committee on Human Services and Early Learning will review "
The Mounting Costs of Child Care: Impacts of child care affordability and access to Washington's employers and economy." This report features a survey that found that one in four quit their job or left school or training due to child care issues. The economic impact on employers of turnover and lost productivity is estimated to be $2 billion. The committee meets this Thursday, 8 a.m. in Olympia. Agenda and meeting documents.