Washington Legislative Update March 14, 2018 - End of Session

The 2018 Legislative Session is over with most bills now before the Governor for his review and signature. A supplemental budget was approved. Here's how the Legislative Agenda of the United Ways of Washington fared this year.

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Increase Resources and Quality in Early Learning and Education Programs

  • A long overdue capital budget (ESSB 6095) was approved early in the 2018 session providing $15.5 million for early learning learning facilities. 
  • The supplemental budget (ESSB 6032) appropriated $2.3 million to expand Home Visiting services to help parents provide safe and supportive environments for their children and better prepare children for school.
  • There were no increases in the reimbursement rates for providers of Working Connections Child Care.

End Homelessness and Increase Access to Affordable Housing

  • $58 million provided from the capital budget to build and preserve affordable housing. (We sought $106 million)
  • Made permanent (through passage of E2SHB 1570) and increased the fee by 50 percent (to $62)  document recording fees to fund programs that prevent and end homelessness.
  • Prevent discrimination against renters by prohibiting landlords from rejecting applicants solely because they pay with housing vouchers or other public income. (Accomplished by passage of E2SHB 2578)

Build Financial Stability

  • Pass Breakfast After the Bell to require schools with a high percentage of hungry students to provide breakfast during the school day (2ESHB 1508). 
  • Restore TANF grant cuts to 2011 levels with a slight increase over through the budget and increase asset limits to help vulnerable families with children meet basic needs (E2SHB 1831)

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