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State League Sets Priorities

LWVWA 2012 Legislative Priorities

Strengthen Democracy
• Protect state funding that invests in programs to promote a more positive future for all citizens

Support Education, Early Learning, Families and Children
• Prevent further reduction of services and quality of public education
• Protect funding and programs 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 quality and access for low-income families

Improve Access to Health Care
• Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform, and affordable health services
• Use implementation of the Affordable Care Act to:

- Help maintain funding for public health

- Help maintain health coverage for low income populations

– Provide incentives for primary care doctors to work in under-served areas

Protect Natural Resources and Human Health
• Adopt effective programs to clean up and prevent pollutants from entering the state’s air, soil and water
• Reduce and eliminate toxic chemicals in children’s products quickly and effectively
• Continue to support increased fuel efficiency across all modes of transportation

For more information see www.lwvwa.org.

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