Health care Washington State Politics

Fate of Senate bill 5222 (universal healthcare)

I heard from Whole Washington that Senate Bill 5222 (universal healthcare) was stalling in committee. I emailed Senator Anette Cleveland to ask why she’s holding it up and to encourage her to support it. Here’s her response: From: Cleveland, Sen. Annette <Annette.Cleveland@leg.wa.gov> Date: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM Subject: RE: Senate Bill 5222: […]

Election integrity Elections Politics Washington State Politics

These WA Legislature bills call for a limited constitutional convention to overturn Citizens United

The Washington State Senate is considering Senate Joint Memorial 8002 (SJM 8002) — Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution. The companion state house bill is HJM 4004. You can read the […]

Politics Washington State Politics

Sen. Patty Kuderer speaks in Kirkland about the proposed state bank

Friday evening in Kirkland, State Senator Patty Kuderer spoke about the establishment of a state bank for Washington State. Last year, Governor Inslee signed a budget that included $480,000 to develop a proposal for the creation of a public cooperative bank. Professional bankers and economists are in the process of working out details of how the […]

Taxation Washington State Politics

Capital gains tax at risk. Contact legislators!

Please contact Guy Palumbo, Mark Mullet, Dean Takko, and Steve Hobbs and ask them to support the capital gains tax bill SB 5314 (“Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state’s tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief”). They’re the ones who may prevent one from happening. […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Taxation Washington State Politics

Only the Wealthy Decide What Social Issues to Fix

Corporate and billionaire giving helps their image more than it helps us January 19, 2019 By Matthew CaruchetReprinted from Economic Opportunity Institute Microsoft announced this week that it will spend $500 million to offset the lack of affordable housing and combat homelessness around Lake Washington. The money will be dispensed through loans and grants to […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Taxation Washington State Politics

All in for Washington: Fighting Washington’s Upside-Down Tax Code

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone. 

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Balance our Tax Code

https://balanceourtaxcode.com/ has a petition to balance our unfair, regressive tax code. Washington’s tax code is upside down. Washington’s tax code is the most upside down in the nation. Powerful special interests have rigged the system so the rich get richer while working families pay more and more. In Washington, those making the least pay 18% […]

Repugs Washington State Politics

Southern Poverty Law Center: Rep. Matt Shea funding far-right hate groups

“Embattled conspiracy theorist and Washington state Republican Rep. Matt Shea has been skirting Washington state law to funnel campaign contributions to far-right nonprofit groups in Colorado and Arizona, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.” Embattled Washington Rep. Matt Shea is skirting state law to funnel campaign funds to far-right groups   (Related: Spokane GOP leader authors ‘Biblical […]

Washington State Politics

AG Ferguson’s 15th consecutive legal victory against federal government forces FERC to hand over public records

http://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-s-15th-consecutive-legal-victory-against-federal-government-forces “As a result of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has provided hundreds of pages of communications not previously made public, including documents that show commissioners privately considered a proposal that would have subsidized coal- and nuclear-based power. FERC must pay $23,500 in attorney costs and fees to the Washington State […]