With the second special session winding down, LWVWA calls on
Legislators to adopt fair, adequate and flexible state revenue
policies. President Kim Abel has sent a message to each
The League of Women Voters WA requests that you act now to pass
a state budget that protects funding for vulnerable residents,
protects the environment and steps up to our obligations to K-12
education. The League’s highest legislative priority this year asks
you to adopt state revenue policies that are balanced, fair,
adequate and flexible so that critical needs are met. Please set
aside unrelated policy bills and pass a budget that meets critical
needs. Thank you for your work on behalf of all Washingtonians.
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The Legislature adjourned the special legislative session on
Wednesday, December 14th. The Early Action Budget Bill (Substitute
House Bill 2058) reduces the state budget shortfall by $480 million
through a combination of cuts, fund transfers and a small amount of
additional revenue from the sale of unclaimed property. The regular
session begins on January 9, 2012 and legislators will continue
work to close the remaining $1.5 billion budget gap.
PRIORITY ACTION ITEM
During the week before Christmas, please take a minute to contact
your legislators and the Governor about your budget concerns and
your support for raising revenues to fill the budget holes.
Strategies still under discussion include:
Increasing the sales tax by a small amount for a defined time
Securitization of bonds.
Closing tax loopholes.
Imposing a capital gains tax.
League Position: State Tax Policy Action to obtain a balanced tax
structure that is fair, adequate, flexible and has a sound economic
ACTION: Along with contacting your legislators and the Governor
about the need to raise revenue, talk with your friends, neighbors,
relatives— everyone—and ask them to also contact your legislators
and the Governor with the same message. Legislators and the
Governor need to hear from all of us!
LWVWA Contact: Pat Dickason, Action Chair, 360 753-7647
Children and Family Issues
Washington State just won a $60 million federal Race to the Top
early learning grant to improve child care and early learning. This
grant depends on $1.3 million of state funding for the Child Care
Resource and Referral Network. The Governor’s supplemental budget
proposal eliminates this funding.
League Position: Action to improve and support child care quality
and access for low-income families.
ACTION: Contact your legislators and the Governor before January
9th to request they support maintaining $1.3 million in state funds
for this critical child care and early learning program.
LWVWA Contact: Margie Reeves; Karen Tvedt; Pat Dickason; Children
and Family Portfolio
This is our last Legislative Newsletter for 2011. We’ll be back
with more weekly Newsletters in January: your Lobby Team will work
to keep you informed about League positions and legislative
activities throughout the 2012 Session. We’ll recommend actions for
you to take to support the League of Women Voters of Washington
positions. Thanks for helping the League maintain its well-deserved
reputation for thoughtful, reasoned legislative activities. Your
Lobby Team appreciates your support.
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