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.
Final Status: Did not pass, the Family Credit was included in a Senate tax reform proposal that did not have enough votes to pass.
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).
Final Status: Passed
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.
Final Status: Passed, with funding that included a total of $175 million (the largest ever two-year funding for the Housing Trust Fund) which makes possible the building of nearly 5,000 more affordable homes across the state.
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.
Final Status: Passed
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.
Final Status: Passed, the budget provided $1 million allocated to Washington 211.