*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - [5/23] *** Jessica Nguyen
Today is the last day of the Washington State Legislature’s special session #1. Guess what? Still no budget. Still no progress. Look for the governor’s announcement of a second special session this afternoon. What will they accomplish in a second special session? Not much if they continue like this. So let’s set national politics aside for the moment and step up the pressure here in Washington. Today we bring you some killer actions direct from Washington’s Paramount Duty (https://www.facebook.com/ParamountDuty/).
1. NO on the LEVY SWAP, @WAGOP
State Republicans are doubling down on their inequitable “levy swap” plan. Smart folks across the state are against it (Budget & Policy Center: https://tinyurl.com/mwegs87, NW News: https://tinyurl.com/zt7wf8a, Crosscut: https://tinyurl.com/ksp2c7y). Let’s tell Republican leaders that we are against it too. (Script/bullet points below)
Senator Joe Fain: Joe.Fain@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7692
Senator Brad Hawkins: Brad.Hawkins@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7622
Senator Mark Miloscia: Mark.Miloscia@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7658
Senator Steve O’Ban: Steve.O'Ban@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7654
Senator Ann Rivers: Ann.Rivers@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7634
Senator Maureen Walsh: Maureen.Walsh@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7630
Senator Hans Zeiger: Hans.Zeiger@leg.wa.gov, (360) 786-7648
SCRIPT “I do not support a massive property tax to amply fund our schools. This would place an unfair burden on our low-income households. Also, it is not a fair and sustainable revenue solution to fill the gap needed to fully fund our education system, from early learning through higher ed, as well as social services. I ask you to consider more fair and sustainable sources of revenue including a capital gains tax and pulling back less efficient tax breaks on corporations which would help insure that everyone pays their fair share.”
- ‘NO’ on a massive property tax to fund schools
- Property tax is an unfair burden on those with low incomes
- Find a fair and sustainable funding source (like capital gains tax and closing corporate tax loopholes)
2. DEAR REALTOR TRADE GROUP: STOP THE SHENANIGANS
The WA REALTOR Political Action Committee (R-PAC) is spending a lot of money promoting the Senate Republicans’ budget plan, which would lead to a massive property tax increase while providing less funding for schools in certain districts. They are also running TV ads attacking legislators who share Washington’s Paramount Duty position that we need new and fair revenue to amply fund our schools. Forty percent of real estate agents are registered with WA REALTORs, but probably don’t realize that their dues are being spent to undermine our schools and even our ability to afford homes. Our homes, our communities, and our schools will be stronger by passing something like the House Democratic plan, which asks the wealthy and big businesses to help fund education. We need to let the people running WA REALTOR know that they’re making the wrong choices — and need to stop undermining our communities and our schools.
CONTACT --> Email the contacts below to say you want Washington State REALTORS’ lobby and political action committee to stop obstructing solutions to our state’s education funding crisis. If you’re a realtor, make sure to tell them “Not in my name!” Copy your legislator and email@example.com. Comment back here with what you wrote. (Resources in comments.)
- Nathan Gorton, Government Affairs Director, R-PAC: Nathan.Gorton@ warealtor.org
- Margo Wheeler-Willis, President, WA State REALTORS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- (For those in King Co) Sam DeBord, President, Seattle/King County Realtors Association, email@example.com.
TWEET --> For example, “Hey @washrealtors, @SKCRealtors, @REALTORPAC, make Washington a nice place to live! Stop lobbying against full funding for ed!”
5/23 - https://tinyurl.com/mkhsufr
5/20 - https://tinyurl.com/mjpxf86
5/18 - https://tinyurl.com/ljo8cxb
- Send your action ideas to the Daily Dos team using IndivisibleDailyDo@gmail.com. Include background information and why you feel this action is strategic for this statewide group.
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Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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