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By Brooklynn Hillemann
Washington State Journal 

Future fund would help close income gap, supporters say


Last updated 1/27/2022 at 2:20pm

OLYMPIA — Young adults will be able to access a fund years from now to give them a boost if lawmakers pass a bill aimed at narrowing the gap between the rich and poor.

Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, sponsor of House Bill 1861, said the Washington Future Fund Trust would serve as a savings and investment account for babies born under the state’s Medicaid program, Apple Health. Beginning in 2024, a minimum of $3,200 will be set aside for each eligible child to access between their 18-31 birthdays.

“I think it’s an exciting way to deal with a lot of the challenges that we’re seein...

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