Effective and authentic leadership demands we address the problematic dynamics of oppression and privilege.
From Publicola (third item):
Word is Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), head of the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus, wanted the bill killed to snub ardent low-income housing advocate and speaker of the house Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford).
Bill co-sponsor Sen. Hobbs tells Fizz: “Tom told me and Sen. Benton that he told Angel to stop the bill in committee.”
“I’m baffled as to why Tom wanted to kill this bill,” Hobbs concludes. “It was bipartisan. And wasn’t that why the MCC was formed?”
Washington State recently passed legislation, The Dream Act, ensuring that students who seek a college education have a chance at scholarships to fulfill their dreams. It’s a step in the right direction, but we need to do more. It’s time for Congress to act for our entire country and create a fair pathway to citizenship.
Anyone who lives in Washington knows how much our economy and daily life depends on the hard work and contributions of immigrants. American businesses and our economy relies on the work performed by immigrants – work that many others elect not to do.
So, we need to make immigration reform a priority and Americans are on board. Seventy-eight percent of Americans support securing our borders and 63 percent support a pathway to citizenship for individuals who are presently residents (according to a poll by Forward.US). These numbers indicate an overwhelming majority for both goals, as well as others like a guest worker program that would have huge benefits for Washington’s important high-tech and agricultural sectors.
Our government already spends tax dollars educating children brought to the U.S. without documents. It is time to develop a way to legal status or citizenship for the betterment of our society and economy.
Too much is at stake for our economic future and job growth to not act. The federal government needs to support employers by creating access to the labor they need, helping to propel our economy, and the potential for more growth.
Members of Congress who have failed to support meaningful immigration reform and would rather play partisan politics are harming our interests. Creating a consistent path to citizenship is the right thing to do and it is time for our representatives to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform now.
When we talk about “getting us out of the recession”, who are we really talking about? A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that the top 1% has captured the lion’s share of economic growth since 1979, even shrugging off the Great Recession with a 13.1% income gain.
But with gains concentrated at the top rung of the economy, the majority of American families and the Middle Class are being left behind.
In Washington, income growth for 99% of income earners has decreased by 3.4% since 1979. From 2009-2011, the bottom 99% in Washington lost 3.5% of total income.
For the top 1%, it’s a different story. Top income earners in Washington state saw a 13.1% increase of income during the economic downturn. Since 1979, Washington’s top 1% have seen a 125% growth in income.
Overall, the top 1% have snagged a whopping 59.1% of all income growth in Washington state since 1979.
The sharp disparity in growth between top earners and the middle-class has led to stagnated wages, rising costs of living, declining workplace benefits, high debt burdens for education and rampant retirement insecurity. In a nutshell: the Middle Class is disappearing while corporate coffers flourish.
Washington needs innovative ways to fight economic inequality and restore a prosperous Middle Class. We can’t afford to wait on the ‘other Washington’ to take action and fight for working families. A strong minimum wage, family and medical leave insurance for all, affordable higher education and universal retirement savings accounts are simple, proven policies that will support working families through the predictable booms and busts of life.
It’s also time to have a serious conversation about revenue. There’s no reason to give big tax breaks to billion-dollar oil companies at a time when schools are struggling and our roads and bridges are falling apart. Together, we can can make our state a more vibrant, prosperous place for every family – not just the ones fortunate enough to have millions.