TANF http://www.kplu.org en Advocates: Washington Must Ensure 'Basics Are Met' For Refugees And Immigrants http://www.kplu.org/post/advocates-washington-must-ensure-basics-are-met-refugees-and-immigrants <p>Advocates plan to rally in Olympia Tuesday in what’s become an annual push for immigrant and refugee rights.</p><p>More than a dozen groups plans to make some noise on the Capitol steps and meet with lawmakers on several key issues: restoring previously-cut funds to food aid and job training, and investing in better English-language learner services in public schools.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13391 at http://www.kplu.org Advocates: Washington Must Ensure 'Basics Are Met' For Refugees And Immigrants Wash. State Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-welfare-rolls-hit-record-low <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low following a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.</span></p><p>Republicans in the Washington Senate say the downward trend is a sign reform efforts have worked, but advocates for poor families disagree.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:04:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11161 at http://www.kplu.org State cuts benefits to welfare families http://www.kplu.org/post/state-cuts-benefits-welfare-families <P>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949887.mp3</P> <P>In a single day, Washington cut more than 5,000 families from the state's welfare-to-work program. That's because a strict, five-year limit on benefits kicked in. It's a cost-cutting measure ordered by the Governor. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 19:04:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 693 at http://www.kplu.org State cuts benefits to welfare families