The State Senate unveiled its $33.2 billion two-year operating budget today, sweeping $180 million out of the Disability Lifeline cash grant and moving it to Housing and Essential Needs (HEN). There was also the expected shift of $1 billion in new money into basic education, higher ed and early learning.
The Senate plan assumes $1.2 billion in savings from various cuts in human services, and makes ends meet without raising any taxes or shrinking any tax breaks.
Faith Action Network’s statewide interfaith communities implore lawmakers to raise new revenue now and draw a circle of protection around Washington’s families in need.
“We call for a review of Washington’s tax code,” says Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, “to consider increasing equality for low and moderate income families who are paying a disproportionately high percentage of their incomes on taxes, yet are slated to lose critical state supports for their basic needs.”