United Way of Snohomish County's Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee are committed to advocating for issues that support young children and their families with low-income. Our joint legislative priorities are below:
1. HB 1527/SB 5810 - Provide a Working Families Tax Credit
Similar to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, this rebate would reduce Washington's tax system's regressive structure and put more money in the pockets of hardworking families.
HB 1527 Current Status: Introduced and referred to House Committee on Finance. Public hearing scheduled for Feb. 7, 2019 in House Committee of Finance. Stay up to date on HB 1527 here.
SB 5810 Current Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation. Referred to Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Scheudled for public hearing for Feb. 21, 2019 in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Stay up to date on SB 5810 here.
2. HB 1351/SB 5437 - Increase the number of ECEAP slots available to qualifying families
Expand the eligibility for the early childhood education and assistance program (ECEAP) to 130% of the Federal Level of Poverty (FLP).
HB 1351 Current Status:
Introduced and referred to House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning. Referred to House Committee on Appropriations. Stay up to date on HB 1351 here
SB 5437 Current Status:
Introduced and referred to Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education. Referred to Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Stay up to date on SB 5437 here
3. Support increased funding for the Housing Trust Fund
The Housing Trust Fund is part of the Capital Budget which is often one of the last pieces of legislation to pass. We continue to advocate for a $200 million allocation as part of the $600 million for Homes campaign.
4. Support a capital fund request for the Mariner Community Campus
A consortium of public and non-profit organizations have convened to shape the vision and creation of a new community campus serving the SW community of Snohomish County. The consortium is committed to a process of community collaboration which results in a community campus that matches current and future needs of one of the region's most richly-diverse communities.
5. Support 2-1-1 Funding Increase
2-1-1 is the telephone number that connects you to health and human services in the community. 211 keeps an up-to-date database of health and human services, offers 24-7 support, and serves as the starting point for Coordinated Entry in our community. 2-1-1 is an important infrastructure item for the whole state.
Please check this page for continued updates on each of our legislative priorities for 2019.