Monthly Archives: June 2017

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    Ranker: state budget reflects Democratic values supported by an unfair Republican property tax increase

Ranker: state budget reflects Democratic values supported by an unfair Republican property tax increase

June 30th, 2017|

OLYMPIA — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement following passage of the 2017-19 state operating budget by the Washington state Senate:

“The final budget and education plan passed today reflects our core Democratic values but unfortunately is funded with a Republican property tax plan. This budget makes a historic $7.3 billion investment in our children’s future. It spends tens of millions more on mental health and homelessness, fully supports family planning and Planned Parenthood, fully funds our state employees, increases funds for higher education, implements the Clean Air Rule, closes tax loopholes on bottled water and big oil and avoids a government shutdown.

“It is primarily funded however, by a $4.1 billion property tax increase that disproportionately impacts many communities across the state. I believe a more progressive plan including other options, such as a carbon tax on polluters, would have provided a better path forward. Unfortunately, the Senate Republicans have insisted on the biggest state property tax increase in our history.

“It is also unacceptable that Senate Republicans delayed negotiations bringing us to the brink of a government shutdown. But while we have passed a budget that reflects our core values, we must commit to developing a new, more progressive funding plan when we have the votes.

“In the end, we’re doing the right thing but raising money in the wrong way.”

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    Over 550 legislators representing 45 states commit to state action on the Paris Climate Agreement and oppose Trump’s withdrawal

Over 550 legislators representing 45 states commit to state action on the Paris Climate Agreement and oppose Trump’s withdrawal

June 21st, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, California State Senator Kevin de León, Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, and over 550 state legislators from across the country issued a statement today committed to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Climate change is not a conspiracy, a hoax, or a partisan cause. Climate change is real and caused by human activity,” said Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, who initiated the sign-on statement. “Now more than ever, in the wake of the short-sighted decision by the Federal Administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is important that state and local governments come together to strengthen our resolve to achieve the carbon pollution reductions agreed to in Paris in 2015.”

California State Senate Leader Kevin de León highlighted the importance acting on climate for the wellbeing of future generations. “By pulling out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord, President Trump demonstrated he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the world in the face of an existential threat like climate change. Now, likeminded leaders from legislatures across the country are coming together to chart a new course for our nation, and the rest of the world. We will continue to honor the goals set by the landmark Paris Agreement to protect the futures of our children, and our children’s children and build the clean energy economy of tomorrow,” said de León.

Signed by President Barack Obama in 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement was designed to combat climate change by keeping global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The signers signaled their intent for their states meet the goals established in the Agreement, and in many cases, move well beyond them.

“Realizing our state-level commitments is important precisely because Paris is — and always was — intended as a foundation, not as a finish line. After 2025, the angle of descent in carbon reductions needs to point more sharply down. We’re intent on getting ready, because the states must lead the way,” said Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett.

“These state legislators are committed to continuing the United States’ leadership in working toward a clean energy economy and lessening the impacts of climate change,” said Jeff Mauk, Executive Director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators. “Working together, states can continue the country’s global leadership on fighting climate change.”

The statement can be viewed at statelegislatorsunitedforclimateaction.org.

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    Ranker: With Trump administration’s lack of leadership, it is up to Washington to fight climate change

Ranker: With Trump administration’s lack of leadership, it is up to Washington to fight climate change

June 1st, 2017|

OLYMPIA — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord:

“Today, the president announced his ill-advised decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, an international treaty designed to combat climate change by keeping global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

“This reckless action cedes leadership to other nations, and combined with the president’s proposed budget, shows a continued lack of leadership in protecting the environment and economy for future generations. Now, more than ever, states must step up. In Washington state, we can continue our global leadership in cleaning up and protecting habitat, investing in clean and renewable technology and educating our children about the environment, but now we must do even more. It is time for our state to put a price on polluters and meet our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020 and further reduce emissions 25% by 2035.

“People from across Washington state, from every community, are demanding action now to protect the next generation by working to create healthy communities, sustainable energy, green jobs and protection of our beloved, outdoor areas. We cannot wait longer to address this global threat. With the Trump administration’s lack of leadership, it is up to us here in Washington to lead the way in the fight against climate change.”