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2019 Legislative Session Wrap-up and Update

The 2019 legislative session was intense and to the surprise of everyone, we finished ON TIME! We were very far from agreement on many key issues, even up to the final day. But deadlines have a tendency to move folks, and we managed to pass a balanced budget that invests in early childhood to post-secondary education, the environment, behavioral health, and job creation. Plus, we settled on a windfall profits tax on the largest Wall Street banks. This bill was derived from my past bills regarding a windfall profits tax on big oil and pharmaceutical companies. I’m proud that we finally moved forward on reforming our regressive tax system by requiring some of the wealthiest institutions to pay their fair share of taxes.
However, there is still so much more to be done. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing stories with you on this year’s legislative successes and issues to work on in 2020 that will make a difference in our lives.

Washington’s Public Bank Update
This year saw a considerable leap in progress. In 2018, Washington state contracted UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to develop a business plan for a publicly-owned depository bank. A public bank will keep our tax dollars from going straight into the hands of Wall Street bankers. They’ll present their proposed plan to the state Legislature and the governor this fall. We hope to have the business plan vetted and drafted into a bill for the 2020 legislative session. We are also making inroads for grassroots-led movement building for this issue. If you’d like to know more, check out my website.

Sen. Hasegawa Update on WA Public Bank

This year saw a considerable leap in progress on Washington's Public Bank. In 2018, Washington State contracted UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to develop a business plan for a publicly-owned depository bank. A public bank will keep our tax dollars from going straight into the hands of Wall Street bankers. They’ll present their proposed plan to the State Legislature and the governor this fall. We hope to have the business plan vetted and drafted into a bill for the 2020 legislative session.

Posted by Senator Bob Hasegawa on Thursday, August 1, 2019

I appreciate all your ongoing feedback. I’m launching a new communications strategy that will include regular video updates. Please keep the input coming!
As always, I will continue to fight for working families, comprehensive progressive tax reform, equity of opportunity, and economic and social justice for our communities and our state. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
If you’d like to meet, I’d like that too. Reach out to my legislative assistant Jenny Chang at Jenny.Chang@leg.wa.gov.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

In Solidarity,

Bob

August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

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April 2nd, 2019|E-News|

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Washington State Bank Model Resolution

Here is a model resolution for your organization to use as a draft to sign-on to or adopt in support of a state bank owned by and for the people of Washington state.

WHEREAS, the taxpayers of Washington state have demanded greater accountability and wiser use of the taxes they pay to benefit Washingtonians, not Wall Street; and

WHEREAS, a public depository owned by and for the people of Washington State would meet those demands by using taxpayer dollars to invest in infrastructure, student loans, create jobs, increase access to capital for small businesses by supporting local community banks, absorb debt capacity, generate revenue without raising taxes, avert long term debt payments and fees to Wall Street, and keep taxpayers’ dollars in Washington state, working for Washington state; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 5995 – Creating the Washington Investment Trust (2019) would streamline and create efficiencies of the State’s numerous existing revolving loan programs and leverage their capacity to work for the people of Washington state while lowering overhead and exercising efficiencies of scale, paying it’s own operating costs, and returning profits back to the state; and

WHEREAS, recent Washington state legislative sessions have exposed a serious lack of resource and bonding capacity to deal with the state’s overwhelming capital needs, which in 2018 led to a budget proviso requiring the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to develop a business plan for a publicly owned
cooperative depository bank that allows political subdivisions to participate in; and

WHEREAS, a state bank can grow in capacity to be an unparalleled resource for future generations of Washingtonians; and

WHEREAS, a successful model of public banking is the Bank of North Dakota, which was first established in 1919 and is controlled by the people of North Dakota for the benefit of the people and economy of North Dakota; and

WHEREAS, public banking is a bedrock of social and economic development in most high achieving global economies like Germany, Japan, Brazil, Russia, India and China; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that (name of your organization) endorses creation of a publicly owned depository State Bank, which shall be governed by an independent public Commission that is accountable and transparent to the people; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the governor, House and Senate leadership, and other civic minded stakeholders for further dissemination to, and education of, the general public.

August 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Sen. Hasegawa’s Sine Die Update (2018)

March 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Senator Bob Hasegawa’s Legislative Update – 2/20/2018

February 20th, 2018|E-News|

Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 10, 2018

 

Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

 

OLYMPIA — Future legislative proposals will be assessed for disproportionate or unintended impacts on racial and ethnic populations, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“Passing this bill is an important step towards understanding if institutional racism is embedded in proposed bills before we vote on them,“ said Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill and the sponsor of SB 5588. “I have been working on addressing racial disparities for quite some time, and passing this bill off the floor is great news for people of color across Washington.”

SB 5588 would require racial and ethnic impact statements to provide statistical analysis of the effects of proposed legislation on racial or ethnic populations. The legislation focuses on laws with felony implications, but Hasegawa hopes to later expand the scope to include higher education, human services, government contracting, and other areas that often see racial disparities.

“Conversations about race and racial disparities are tough to have but are extremely necessary. We talk a great deal about addressing racial disproportionality at the Legislature, and yet we often have no understanding of how new policies may specifically impact communities of color,” Hasegawa said. “It is incumbent that those with power and privilege understand the needs of communities often left out of the legislative process. The fact that this bill was passed almost unanimously by both Democrats and Republicans shows real progress.”

 

The bill passed will only one member voting ‘no,’ it now moved to the House for further consideration.

 

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For information: Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

February 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|
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    Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor ‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor ‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 10, 2018

 

Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor

‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

 

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa’s, D-Beacon-Hill, released the following statement today following passage of legislation to allow residents to receive compensation in wrongful death incidents.

 

“Washington is one of three states in the nation that excludes non-residents from receiving compensation in wrongful death cases. The current ‘wrongful death statute’ was adopted in 1917 to prevent the wives of Chinese coal-miners from obtaining wrongful death compensation.

 

“This old statute is a clear example of legislation rooted in anti-immigrant and refugee sentiment. This law was wrong in 1917 and has no place in our society in 2018. Anti-Asian racism should no longer be engrained into the fabric of our legal system. I am proud that this piece of legislation moved off the Senate floor.

 

“I introduced SB 6015 to overturn this archaic law, a relic from the past rooted in bigotry that still promotes injustice today. I also want to help ensure the parents of victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash receive the justice and compensation they deserve. The pain and suffering of the victim’s families should not be exacerbated because of their residency status.

 

“We all deserve to be treated fairly under the law, no matter what our residency status is. Ride the Ducks Seattle should not be allowed to hide behind this statute to avoid public accountability and responsibility, which should be decided by the courts.

 

“Passing this law helps remove racist holes in our state laws.”

 

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For information: Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

February 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|