** The next Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is coming up, Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building. This week: Water for the People, Not for Profit. Seattle Indivisible, other Resist groups and allies are standing up for keeping keeping our Washington State water clean. Trump’s infrastructure scam would open the floodgates to private management of our waterways, and strip environmental protections. Protect our public resources from profit making corporations. Events: 11.45- 12.30 rally and 12.30-1.30 meeting with Senator staff.
ACTION: Leave Comments on the two bills in the Washington State legislature
The cutoff for legislation to clear either the Washington State House or Senate is approaching, and there are two bills that need our help. Please comment in favor of these bills.
SB5689: Keep Washington Working Act
This bill will provide important protections for immigrants, giving the Attorney General the resources to prohibit state resources from being used to assist immigration enforcement. WA Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) has provided an e-mail tool that can help you out with the text and submit your comments.
HB2967: Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state's tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.
This bill would provide relief for homeowners and renters who will be bearing the brunt of the property tax hike passed last year (SB2242) to fund education, while using a much more progressive type of tax, a capital gains tax, as a substitute for the funding. This bill doesn't fully close the education funding gap as currently written, but is a step in the right direction. This editorial from Summer Stinson and Sarah Reyneveld, board members of Washington's Paramount Duty (WPD), provides more details about why we need this, and what changes we should ask for.
Provide a comment for HB2967 here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//2967
Additionally, WPD is looking for speakers to testify in Olympia on Friday, 2/16 about this bill. They will provide analysis to help you out. If you are able to help, please see this event, and e-mail Summer Stinson at summer (at) paramountduty (dot) org.
A few weeks ago, we asked you to call in support of Automatic Voter Registration in the legislature. Today, it passed the Senate by a 34-13 margin. It still needs to pass the House and get the Governor's signature before it's law, but this is a big step in the right direction.
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