Push for Fiscal Fairness and Transparency

Today’s actions are tax-themed in preparation for tax day this Saturday!

Please log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Don’t Back Down - Demand Fair Taxes in Washington!

The more we call our legislators as the state budget gets formed, the harder they will fight for a fair tax code. Tell your legislators to stand strong and not compromise on the Democrats’ proposed budget, which includes crucial tax reforms. 

  1. Call the Legislative Hotline at: (844) 489-4843
  2. Tell them your name and address to find out who your legislators are.
  3. Say you want to leave a message for all 3 of your legislators. Then speak your mind!

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. I’m calling because I want to make sure that my legislators will stand strong in support of HB 2186, the House Democrat’s budget. A fair tax code is important to me – please fight for thorough reforms and don’t let them be lost in the bargaining process.”

Background:

The State House Democratic Caucus passed its budget for the next two years, and there's a lot in there to like. This budget closes loopholes on capital gains, business and occupation taxes, and a number of outdated exemptions that no longer meet their original purpose. Unfortunately the State Senate is republican-controlled, so democrats will have to convince the senate to pass this budget without backing down on the important reforms.

  • More info on the bill here.
  • More info on WA’s regressive tax code here.

Action 2: Attend the Tax March and/or the Black Lives Matter March on Saturday! 

The Seattle Tax March has two goals: a) to demand that Trump release his tax returns, and b) to shine a light on WA’s upside-down tax code.
Time: 11 am – 1pm.
Place: Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/240189163102061/

The Black Lives Matter March on Seattle 2.0 will emphasize how unfair the tax code is to people of color and marginalized people, both nationally and locally. It will demand that Trump release his tax returns and that people of color and marginalized people stop taking such a hard economic blow when paying taxes. 
Time: 2 pm - 6 pm
Place: Westlake Park
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1821071081482170/
 

Bonus Action: 

If you live on Vashon Island, attend Pramila Jayapal’s town hall at Vashon Island High School on Thursday at 6:30 pm to show your appreciation for her hard work! She will also be holding town halls in Shoreline and Burien next week. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/595712603959063/