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Legislative Update: Budget passes, shutdown averted

June 30th, 2017|

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June 30, 2017

37th District Values Reflected in Budget

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With only hours to go before the deadline, a budget passed the Legislature and has been sent to the governor’s desk for his signature, avoiding a government shutdown.

While no budget is perfect, this has many positive things in it and reflects the values of the 37th Legislative District. Some reasons I voted for the budget include:

  • Funds the strongest statewide paid family leave program in the country. This will make a real difference to working families at the most important times of their lives – in welcoming a child or in caring for older parents or those with disabilities.
  • Fully funds collective bargaining agreements for public employees.
  • Real investments in Expanding New Americans Program. This budget increases support and capacity for immigration legal services for naturalization assistance for legal permanent residents.
  • Latino Health Center at UW
  • Critical investments in environmental justice and climate mitigation: Wildfire prevention planning, air quality study on implications of air traffic including assessment of ultra-fine particulate matter in impacted communities including Beacon Hill, and a funded Clean Air Act.
  • Investments in Child Care: Provides important critical rate increases for family child care providers, child care centers, and ECEAP program and ensures 3,700 childcare vouchers for families in the 37th District.
  • Formation of the Department of Children and Family Services, which will better serve foster youth and struggling families and includes parity for kinship providers.
  • More funding for homelessness prevention and services including housing and services for homeless youth and individuals with a history of mental illness.
  • Increased state need grant over the next two years and a state matching funds for the opportunity scholarship

“Yes” for Education – “No” for Regressive Funding

School kids

Along with the budget, the Legislature on Friday also passed a landmark bill to address the underfunding of public schools in this state. Overall, I support the policy because it ensures additional funds for:

  • Teacher salaries
  • Low-income schools and students, and ensures it goes directly to the school rather than the district where it can be distributed elsewhere
  • Special education
  • Career and technical education

Unfortunately, Republicans insisted on paying for the investments primarily through a property tax. This approach doubles down on our regressive tax system (the most unfair in the nation) and further burdens working families in Seattle, Renton and dozens of other communities throughout the state.

Seattle Renton impacts

In the end, it is a Democratic bill with Republican funding. And because the Republican property tax hits the 37th district particularly hard I could not vote for the bill. Raising property taxes by hundreds of dollars each year in a time when the rising cost of living is squeezing too many out of our neighborhoods is not an acceptable solution to our school funding issues.

I support progressive approaches to funding, including the capital gains tax and progressive real estate excise taxes. I am committed to reversing the unfair nature of our state tax system and pleased to share with you that a study was funded in the budget to examine the feasibility of a state bank (for more on that, click here).

I celebrate the good that will be done with the $7.3 billion going into our schools in the next four years, but will continue to work with you and my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure more fair funding in the future.

For detailed information on tax impacts, please click here.

Community Conversations

Community Conversations

This summer I am holding a Community Conversations series in our district. We will discuss how to make life in the 37th Legislative District more affordable while still making critical investments that ensure everyone in our community has opportunities to thrive.

Upcoming Events

July 28th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  – Renton Highlands Library –  2801 NE 10th St, Renton, WA 98056

July 29th, 11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. – Secondary Learning Center – 7800 S 132nd St, Seattle, WA 98178

July 30th, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.  – Mt. Baker Housing Association – 2900 S. McClellan. Seattle, WA 98144

Do you want to host a

Community Conversation?

Contact me.

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Contact Me

Phone: (360) 786-7688

Email: Rebecca.Saldana@leg.wa.gov

District Office:

2900 S McClellan St.

Seattle, WA 98144

Website: www.sdc.wastateleg.org/Saldana

Community Conversations

June 30th, 2017|

Come talk to me!

I am launching a series of events called Community Conversations. I want to discuss with you how we can make life in the 37th Legislative District more affordable and improve our communities for everyone.

The first Community Conversation was held on Sat. June 24th at the Redwing Café in Rainier Beach. We had a great discussion about the state budget, a state bank proposal and many other topics.

Upcoming Events

July 28th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  – Renton Highlands Library –  2801 NE 10th St, Renton, WA 98056

July 29th, 11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.Secondary Learning Center – 7800 S 132nd St, Seattle, WA 98178

July 30th, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.  – Mt. Baker Housing Association – 2900 S. McClellan. Seattle, WA 98144

 

Do you want to host a

Community Conversation?

Contact me.

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    Legislative Update: Community conversations and possible government shutdown

Legislative Update: Community conversations and possible government shutdown

June 26th, 2017|

June 22, 2017

Starting Saturday!

Community Conversations

This Saturday, I hope you’ll join me as I launch a summer Community Conversations series. We will  discuss how we can make life in the 37th Legislative District more affordable while still making critical investments that ensure everyone in our community has opportunities to thrive.

  • Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Redwing Café in Rainier Beach.
  • Friday, July 28 – Time and place coming soon.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Time and place coming soon.
  • Sunday, July 30 – Time and place coming soon.

Republican Shutdown Looms

On July 1, our state government could shutdown for the first time in history.

For months, the Senate Republican majority has refused to participate in comprehensive budget negotiations. Although progress has been made in certain issue areas, Republican negotiators have taken a “my way or the highway” approach to some of the toughest challenges we face. This is especially true with regards to the revenue necessary to pay for schools and essential services. Republicans have insisted on a property tax only solution, which would increase the cost of living for working families in Seattle while adding little new money to our schools. This is unacceptable.

Washington has the most upside-down tax system in the nation, and we cannot continue to cut essential services and overburden only low and middle-income families in order to balance the budget. A shutdown would be devastating to Washingtonians across our state, hurting families, kids, workers and the most vulnerable. In our district alone, some 3,700 families could suddenly be without child care just as school lets out.

Republicans need to share Democrats’ sense of urgency and help us solve this problem now.

Call lawmakers at

1-800-562-6000

to share your views on the budget and possible government shutdown.

Read All About It

Senate budget is wrong approach on both sides of the Cascades

I recently had an op-ed published about the Senate Republicans plan to raise property taxes statewide.

Read it here.

Republicans move to cut family planning

A Senate colleague recently published an op-ed about Senate Republicans’ move to cut essential family planning funding for thousands of Washington women and families.

Read it here

Contact Me

Phone: (360) 786-7688

Email: Rebecca.Saldana@leg.wa.gov

District Office:

2900 S McClellan St.

Seattle, WA 98144

Website: www.sdc.wastateleg.org/Saldana