The State has needed a sustainable, progressive new revenue source for some time to both increase revenue available for underfunded programs and to help balance the tax code. Without changing to a more progressive tax, such as SB 5096, any increased tax would result in exacerbating what is already the nation's most regressive tax structure.
SB 5096, the capital gains tax, would generate over $1 billion annually beginning in 2023 from only those with the top 1-2% of incomes. This money would be used to fund basic education, early learning and child care, if adopted as proposed by the House Finance Committee.
Although some say the state will receive many millions of dollars in federal rescue funds, that is not sustainable revenue nor is it intended for the basic education, early learning and child care programs that are so badly needed.
Your help is needed to encourage as many legislators as possible to vote for this bill.
Please ask your senator to support the results of the conference committee even if it the final version does not include all the features they support. You may use the words as drafted, or better yet, change the words to suit your style and tell your senator why this is important to you.
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This is the final weekend that ESHB 1141, Improving Access to the Death with Dignity Law, has a chance to be passed. On behalf of terminally ill Washingtonians, please urge your Senator to help bring this bill to the floor for a vote!
It is time for a new approach to the issue of substance use disorder. Treating substance use disorder as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue is more effective and costs less. Research shows that every dollar spent on substance use disorder treatment saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.
SB 5476 is a step in the right direction—it decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of controlled substances for personal use and authorizes the referral of people who possess more than that to forensic navigators so that they can receive an evaluation and treatment. The bill does not go as far as we would like, especially in the area of providing resources for treatment and recovery. But, we need to pass legislation at the statewide level in order to avoid the confusion that would result from a patchwork of local laws as well as to ensure that local jurisdictions do not pass more restrictive laws.
Let's do our part to stop climate change. Please send this message today to your senator to pass the Clean Fuel Standard bill, HB 1091. Time is running short.
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Senate Bill 5373, or Washington STRONG, will secure up to $16 billion for investments to assist in post-pandemic recovery, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, and reduce the effects of climate change and pollution in marginalized communities both urban and rural. Funding begins with tax obligation bonds that can begin achieving results quickly, rather than a fund that builds slowly over time. All investments are tied to climate resiliency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The bonds will be repaid with a tax on carbon that starts at $25 per ton of CO2 equivalent indexing over time.
Targeted investments include: renewable hydrogen, soil management, bioenergy, and biofuels, weatherization, geothermal, reducing vehicle miles traveled, high speed rail and rail electrification, cleaner alternative fuels for farm vehicles and equipment. A focus is assured on projects addressing climate burdens of marginalized communities and consultation with tribes.
Last week the bill received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy and Technology, but we need a vote in that committee to move it toward a vote on the Senate floor. If your senator is on this committee (Carlyle, Lovelett, Ericksen, Brown, Das, Fortunato, Hobbs, Liias, Nguyen, Sheldon, Short, Stanford, Wellman), please use this Action Alert to request that they bring this bill to a vote at the earliest opportunity and move it toward a vote on the senate floor. Remember, you may edit and personalize the subject line and body text to emphasize what’s important to you.