Archive for December, 2017

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

 

 

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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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