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.
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.
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
League’s Priorities for the 2011 Legislative Session
- 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
- protect state and federal funding to meet basic needs of families
- promote policies and programs that promote the well-being and
safety of all children
- improve and support child care program quality and access for
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
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
- adopt an effective program to clean up and prevent pollutants,
including petroleum products, from entering the waters of the
- reduce and eliminate toxic chemicals in children’s products
quickly and effectively
Promote a Balanced Transportation System
- increase affordable and reliable access to public
- 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
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
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
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.
Local candidates for state Legislature will appear at a July 26
forum at the Norm Dicks Government Center in downtown
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
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.
‘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
When: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 24
Where: Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WASHINGTON 2010 LEGISLATIVE
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
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
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
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