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Letter to Legislators calls for Fair, Adequate and Flexible Budget

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 legislator:

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.

State League Reports on Special Session

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
Budget Issues
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 period.
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 effect.
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

ACTION ITEM

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.

State League Sets Legislative Priorities

The 2011 regular session of the Washington State Legislature is scheduled to begin Jan. 10. The state League will again have its legislative action team in place and will lobby for its priorities.
League’s Priorities for the 2011 Legislative Session

Strengthen Democracy
- support public campaign financing for judicial positions
- protect state funding that invests in programs to promote a more positive future for all citizens

Support Education, Early Learning, Families and Children
- support development of a funding system for the K-12 basic education structure
- protect state and federal funding to meet basic needs of families and children
- promote policies and programs that promote the well-being and safety of all children
- improve and support child care program quality and access for low-income families

Improve Access to Health Care
- guarantee access for all residents in comprehensive, uniform, and affordable health services
- use implementation of the Affordable Care Act to help maintain funding for public health, health coverage for low income populations, and for incentives for primary care doctors to work in under-served areas

Protect Natural Resources and Human Health
- provide clean energy and good health by transitioning power plants away from burning coal
- reduce pollution by controlling phosphorus in lawn fertilizers
- adopt an effective program to clean up and prevent pollutants, including petroleum products, from entering the waters of the state
- reduce and eliminate toxic chemicals in children’s products quickly and effectively

Promote a Balanced Transportation System
- increase affordable and reliable access to public transportation
- decrease the number of single-occupancy vehicles on roads, bridges and ferries
- increase fuel efficiency by promoting development and use of alternative fuel sources across all modes of transportation

More Than 80 People Attend League Forum

Fred Finn
Linda Simpson
Derek Kilmer
The forum drew a crowd.
James Olsen
Christine Rolfes
Aaron Winters

Monday night’s forum was a well-attended event, with more than 80 people turning out on a warm summer evening to see candidates for state Legislature at the Norm Dicks Government Center in downtown Bremerton.

Candidates who spoke were State Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Poulsbo, and her two Republican opponents, James Olsen and Aaron Winters; State Rep. Fred Finn, D-Thurston County, and his Republican challenger, Linda Simpson; and State Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor. Marty McClendon, a Republican who is running in the primary for Kilmer’s seat, indicated earlier that he would speak at the event but cancelled on Monday.

League President Catherine Ahl read a statement supplied by McClendon stating his positions. Former Port Orchard Mayor and state League vice president Kim Abel served as moderator. Voter education chair Ann Smith organized the forum.
If you missed it, catch it on BKAT. Planned airing times listed below:
July 29: 8 p.m.
July 31: 3 p.m.
Aug. 2: Noon
Aug. 5: 9 p.m.
Aug. 12: 8 p.m.
Aug. 16: 12:30 p.m.

Reminder: Legislative Candidate Forum is Monday

Local candidates for state Legislature will appear at a July 26 forum at the Norm Dicks Government Center in downtown Bremerton.
The following candidates have said they will participate in the forum sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Kitsap:
In the 23rd District race, incumbent Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Poulsbo, and her Republican challengers, James Olsen and Aaron Winter.
In the 26tth District contest, incumbent Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Republican challenger Marty McClendon.
In the 35th District race, incumbent Rep. Fred Finn, D-Olympia, and Republican challenger, Linda Simpson.
For information call Ann Smith, 360-871-3993.
When: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Norm Dicks Government Center,
345 6th St.
Bremerton
Free

‘Soldiers in Petticoats’ Celebrates the Suffragettes

LWV Kitsap will partner with Kitsap Regional Library for a party celebrating the centennial of women’s right to vote in Washington at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Poulsbo Library.
Actress and historian Tames Alan will present “Soldiers in Petticoats: The Struggle of the Suffragettes.” In 1867, the passing of the 14th amendment defined “citizen” as “male,” thus denying women the right to vote. Learn how American women adopted the militant tactics of their English sister suffragettes to earn the right to vote and regain citizenship in their own country. Discover how the suffragettes influenced child labor laws, the use and dispersal of birth control, the Temperance movement, the right of women to earn a college degree, and their relationship with the abolitionists.
When: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 24
Where: Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road
Free

League Priorities 2010

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WASHINGTON 2010 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
LWVWA Strengthens Democracy – public campaign financing for judicial positions – reform of campaign contributions reporting and disclosure – protect funding that invests in today in order to promote a more secure future for all citizens
Strengthens Education and Early Learning
- a new K-12 basic education funding structure – expand the definition of basic education to include children from birth to five – support quality improvements to child care programs – promote policies and programs that promote the wellbeing and safety of all children – improved components of the childcare subsidy and co-pay system
Improves Access to Health Care
- guarantee access for all residents in comprehensive, uniform, and affordable health services – maintain funding for the Basic Health Plan, Cover All Kids, incentives for primary care doctors to work in underserved areas, the Health Insurance Partnership, and public health
Protects Natural Resources and Human Health
- adopt an effective program to clean up, and prevent pollutants from entering, the waters of the state – protect children from harm due to exposures to toxic chemicals and other toxic substances
- support all efforts to reduce carbon gas emissions as quickly as possible – support responsible land use planning to decrease climate change – enact energy efficiency and conservation programs
Promotes a Balanced Transportation System
- increase affordable and reliable access to public transportation – decrease the number of single-occupancy vehicles on roads, bridges and ferries – increase fuel efficiency by promoting development and use of alternative fuel sources across all modes of transportation