Breakout sessions focused on three critical policy areas and featured local community leaders as well as members of the Budget & Policy Center team.
How can Washington lawmakers support communities in weathering this pandemic? One important way is through direct cash investments. Giving people flexible, direct cash assistance promotes the health and wellbeing of communities. This session featured programs designed to give people an income boost – like the Working Families Tax Credit.
This session focused on the need for stronger state budget investments in Washington’s communities in order to advance racial justice and an equitable economic recovery. The session highlighted the need for policymakers to make increased investments – not cuts – in the communities most impacted by COVID-19 and in the solutions coming from impacted communities themselves.
To power our economic recovery and protect public health, our elected leaders must enact equitable new taxes on the wealthiest households and large, profitable corporations. This session discussed the ways that lawmakers could generate enough resources to help build a brighter future for all.