United Ways of Washington Legislative Update 2023 - Week 7

The first major legislative hurdle – the policy committee cutoff – was cleared last Friday. Unless a bill is related to the budget, it must be approved by a policy committee to receive any further consideration this session. The next cutoff for non-budget related bills is this Friday when they have to clear fiscal committees. Read on. Read more

United Ways of Washington Legislative Update 2023 - Week 6

According to a recent Crosscut article, Seattle may have the highest rents statewide, but the most drastic percentage increases in rent over the past four to five years are in smaller cities and rural areas. It’s no wonder that housing costs and homelessness are seen as the most important issues confronting our state, according to a Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council survey. Read on to learn about some of the related bills moving through the Legislature. Read more

United Ways of Washington Legislative Update - Week 5

Legislative activities heat up this week as we urge legislators to support initiatives that promote affordable housing, 211 funding and access to early learning and child care programs.  Read more

United Ways of Washington's Legislative Update - Week 4

As we enter the fourth week of the 2023 session, advocates are preparing special lobby days, both, in-person and virtual. Read on. Read more

Committee Action Expected on Some Bills This Week

In the third week of a 15-week session, bills of interest to the United Ways of Washington are already scheduled for committee vote with another hearing planned on housing stability proposals and some special attention by our senior U.S. Senator on child care. Read on to hear about all this. Read more

Legislative Update - 2023 - Week Two

This week, the Legislature hits full stride with committee activities on issues of interest to our United Way community. Here's a few of them with links to help you follow testimony and/or provide your own. Also, the last item includes information and a TVW link regarding last week’s hearing that included a focus on United Way of Pierce County’s pilot basic income program, GRIT. Read more

First Legislative Update of 2023 - State of Washington session begins

Happy 2023! This year’s state legislative session kicked off on Monday with the swearing in of Legislators and the election of the Speaker of the House, Laurie Jinkins (D- Tacoma). This will be the first post-pandemic session where all legislators will be on-site in Olympia. Roughly one-third of the Senators and Representatives are new since the pandemic. So lots of people are getting acquainted. Here’s a few things that are happening this week. Read more

Time to Focus on 2023 State Legislative Session - United Ways of Washington Update

Now that the mid-term election is over, its time to focus on the upcoming two-year budget session. The United Ways of Washington have released their state policy goals for the 2023 and 2024 legislative term. Once again, children, homelessness and poverty are targets for attention along with creating a statewide disaster fund account and increasing capacity of the 2-1-1 calling system. Read more

Washington Session Is Over - United Ways of the Pacific Northwest Legislative Wrap Up

The 2022 Washington State Legislative Session is over.  There are lots of reasons to be delighted with the results of this year’s session – which saw new investments unprecedented for an “off” budget year.  And some good reasons, after everyone catches their breath, to plan how we will reach out and continue to forge meaningful relationships with legislators. Let’s start with some highlights of this session as it relates to the United Ways of Washington’s 2022 Legislative Agenda.  Please forward to your Boards, staff and key volunteers. Read more

All About the Budget - UWPNW Legislative Update March 2, 2022

A healthy state revenue forecast has created the opportunity to make historic headway in the pursuit of housing affordability and combatting homelessness. Check out what the last week of the Legislative session may hold. Read more

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