Taxes and Mcmorris

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) In her email to constituents, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers exclaimed “This is huge!” And indeed it is HUGE! The recently-passed tax bill is a HUGE boondoggle for the rich!

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that, under the law, the middle fifth of American households will see an average increase in after-tax income next year of $930 while the top 1 percent gets an average increase of $51,140! This is paid for by an approximately 1.5 trillion dollar increase in national debt over 10 years (nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office). That is HUGE!

Economist Lisa Brown, former Washington state Senate Majority Leader from Spokane and Chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, including the new medical school, is running against McMorris Rodgers. Brown’s analysis: “The fundamental reality of this [tax] bill is that 83 percent of the benefits go to the top 1 percent, and I don’t see that as pro-most families. And I don’t see it as pro-economy either.” (Spokesman-Review, 12/21/17)

My heartfelt thanks to the Republican Party and its loyal echo, McMorris Rodgers, for my first monthly middle class increase in income from the bill. In fact, I’ve already spent it—at the Dollar store. That is MINISCULE!
Norm Luther
Spokane, WA

January 8, 2018

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Ending Net Neutrality Is Wrong

I’m deeply concerned with the FCC’s decision today to repeal Net Neutrality rules. Rules that kept our internet free and open–like a public highway for businesses and consumers.

Now, the major internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to block sites, charge more for certain sites like YouTube and Facebook, and create “fast lanes” for sites that can afford to pay, while those that can’t are stuck with slower speeds.

That isn’t right

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Single Payer in Washington State




We’re mobilizing Saturday, January 6. Join us!

Down in the dumps about what’s happening in DC? Counteract it by advocating for universal health care in Washington state. We’re hosting events in key legislative districts to build grassroots support for the Washington Health Security Trust bill, get constituents engaged with their legislators, and plan for Lobby Day. These 2018 Countdown to Healthcare for All Action Meetings will be in Southwest Washington, East and South King County, Tacoma/Pierce County, Capital Hill and West Seattle and more. We look forward to seeing you there! See the ‘Events’ portion of this bulletin to RSVP or click here for the details.

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Spokane City Year Recap from Lori Kinnear

Here is a 2017 recap from City Council Women Lori Kinnear, District #2, on the accomplishments of the Spokane City Council.  It looks decent.  The City is expanding community court as an alternative to incarceration, passed a new strategic plan, and funding more assistance to the homeless.

With the same swiftness that fall has seemingly turned to winter, so too did November quickly turn to December. The past six weeks have been extremely busy in the City Council office; so much so that I decided not to do a November newsletter. Instead, here are some of the biggest updates from City Hall as 2017 draws to a close with the much-needed commencement of the holiday season:

Strategic Plan
On Monday, December 11, the City Council voted in favor of a resolution to officially adopt  the new six-year Strategic Plan for the City of Spokane. This plan is the result of joint deliberations between the Mayor’s administration and the City Council and represents a unified strategic vision for the entire City. The plan identifies four main goals: (1) supporting innovative infrastructure, (2) promoting safety and health, (3) enhancing the urban experience, and (4) managing resources in a sustainable manner. In October, the City Council revised its standing committee structure, previously made of five committees, into four committees, each of which is oriented towards one of the four goals. This Strategic Plan includes a two-year action plan for 2018 and 2019 aimed at immediately reducing property crime, embracing diversity, maximizing public assets, improving streets, marketing Spokane, improving access to the Spokane River, building a 21st Century workforce, and investing in targeted areas throughout the City. The plan’s measures for success include growth in the median household income level, increases in property values, improvement to the City’s bond rating, improvement of Spokane’s safety compared to similar Washington cities, and growth in the amount of livable-wage jobs.

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Eyman Files for Initiative for 2018

Tim Eyman just filed with the Secretary of State for a 2018 Initiative to ban the implementation of an income tax at the state and local level.  Of course, the State of Washington does not currently have an income tax. This, like many of his other initiatives, probably would not stand up in court.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
This morning at 11 am in the Secretary of State’s office, we filed our initiative for 2018. It’s really exciting.
We always spend the year before analyzing and deciding what initiative we’re going to do the following year. It’s a tough thing to do — trying to identify the greatest threat to the taxpayers the following year.
For months, while we’ve been working hard on our $30 Tabs Initiative, Jack, Mike, and I have been talking with one another about next year. Two things happened that made our 2018 initiative choice really obvious:
* Pro-capital-gains-tax Democrat Manka Dhingra won the 45th district senate seat, giving complete control of the Legislature to the tax-obsessed Democrats.
* One week after the election, the state supreme court issued a ruling ordering the 2018 legislature to “find” an additional $1 billion in tax revenue.

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Again, McMorris Fails to Speak out

Once again, Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District fails to speak out.  A few days ago, Trump used a Native American name, specifically Pocahontas, to denigrate Senator Elizabeth Warren because of her very distant Native American Heritage. Most of you probably see why this is racist.  It is using someones name in vain, and choosing a historical minority person as the name.

Actually, the actual historical details of Pocahontas possibly quite gruesome.  Much of it is no Disney story. She was kidnapped and allegedly raped and poisoned by white settlers.  I sincerely  doubt that our idiot President was aware of that, but it just adds to the insult.

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Taxation without Representation that has a Clue

Look folks, our U.S. economy is doing well. There is no need to cut taxes for the rich to stimulate investment into the U.S. economy.  There is plenty investment capital, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the other Republicans in the U.S. House or Representatives voted again to give another huge tax break for the rich. Simply stated, the only reason they cut taxes  was to do a political favor for the corporate and super rich Republican base. For more information about her, read here. Read the rest of this entry

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Misleading Comments about McMorris Rodgers

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Tom Horne’s 9/14/17 Spokesman-Review letter (“Read CMR’s Comments”) is very misleading.  Repeatedly, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has simply parroted Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Paul Ryan, with no mind of her own.  Nevertheless, McMorris Rodgers is listed among House Republican leadership.  As such, she joined the leadership’s block of a full House vote on the June 27, 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, even though it had enough votes to pass the House at the time.  Enough House Republicans joining Democrats favored the bipartisan Senate bill for it to become law with then-President Obama’s signature had Republican House leaders, including McMorris Rodgers, allowed a vote by the full House.  The law would have ended deportations except in criminal cases. Thus Mr. Horne’s statement that “Cathy and the Republican leadership want ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ like the Senate passed in 2013, which would give legal status to almost all 11 million illegal aliens“ is completely false.

Most definitely, her idea of “comprehensive immigration reform”  is altogether different from that of the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.  As usual, McMorris Rodgers simply follows the Republican House leadership, and it advocates a draconian approach to immigration.

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

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Voter Suppression by Trump?

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Is suppression of Democratic voters the goal of President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity? Prior voter fraud claims by the commission’s activist vice-chair and early Trump supporter, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, prompted the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice to respond (5/11/17):  “Kobach could have a platform for his exaggerated and debunked claims. His record in elections and voting reveals that…he has spent the last decade pursuing policies that are harmful to many Americans — particularly those Americans who are not white, who are elderly, or who are low-income.  Americans should be wary…now that President Trump has chosen to put Kobach in this role.” Read the rest of this entry

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After a three-year effort of members and advocates like you, the Spokane City Council finally voted to approve the Complete Streets Ordinance at the close of 2011. After the passage of a new street bond, Spokane started to see results on the ground.

Now that we are well on our way to creating a community with healthy transportation choices that work for everyone, a poorly worded concept in Spokane’s draft comprehensive plan update could stall our progress and subvert a core component of Complete Streets: the transportation project ranking system that ensures transportation projects we build reflect our community values and support our economic priorities. Read the rest of this entry

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