The state budget is vitally important to our neighbors who are struggling to find affordable housing, a good-paying job, affordable health care and nutritious food. Thousands of Pierce County families would fall farther through the cracks if not for our safety net.
Budgets are about values; they are a reflection of our priorities. The House budget puts children and communities first; the Senate budget keeps costly tax loopholes open at the expense of the most vulnerable. We can’t protect special interest tax breaks while cutting access to essential services for children and families.
Many families in our community and across the state struggle to obtain basic essentials. For them, every dollar or can of food truly makes a difference.
Your neighbor or family member might be a food bank client, but too embarrassed to tell anyone. They might choose between purchasing food, paying a medical bill or their mortgage or rent. Everyone needs help sometimes, but asking for help isn’t easy.
People from all walks of life – seniors, children, volunteers, veterans, the working poor, individuals with disabilities and families – are struggling just to make ends meet. Budgets are about people and impact the lives of the citizens and communities of this state.
We urge our legislators to help rebuild the health of our communities by placing the priority on the thousands of children and families in Washington rather than protecting tax loopholes.
(Elliott is the advocacy chair of the Pierce County Human Services Coalition.)