UU Voices and State UU Justice Networks in Portland

Pacific Northwest Region Justice Training

Love Resists: Reading Ourselves

for Solidarity with Sanctuary

When: Friday, April 27, 1-5 PM

Where: Double Tree Hotel, Portland, OR

Readying Ourselves for Solidarity with Sanctuary Efforts: Sanctuary has evolved to encompass more than just physical Sanctuary to now include rapid response (Sanctuary in the Streets) and short-term Sanctuary.  Both are grounded in a justice accompaniment approach. We will examine the role of criminalization in the deportation of thousands. We’ll discuss leveraging our privilege, amplifying impacted voices, and better ways of organizing congregations to accompany …

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Legislature Finishes without Carbon Tax

According to news reports the legislature finished its work on the supplementary budget on March 8 and adjourned without the need for a special session. This will definitely end the possibility of a carbon tax this session and also means that stronger emissions standards (40% reduction by 2015 and 80% by 2050) will not pass.

The legislature did pass three bills on our priority list: Legal Financial Obligations, Oil Transport Safety (Oil Spill Tax on Pipelines) and Voting Rights (see separate posts under News).

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Carbon Tax Initiative is Filed

Analysis of the Carbon Tax Initiative 1631

The long title of the initiative is “AN ACT Relating to reducing pollution by investing in clean air, clean energy, clean water, healthy forests, and healthy communities and imposing a fee on large emitters based on their pollution; adding a new chapter to Title 70 RCW; and creating new sections.” Note that the title does not use the word “tax” but only “fee.” This is designed to avoid the tax stigma associated with the previous carbon tax initiative, I-732, …

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Legislature Passes Voting Rights Bills

One of our long-term priorities has been voting rights, and I received the following message from Speaker Chopp:

I am happy to let you know that the House and Senate have finally passed the Washington Voting Rights Act (SB 6002), same-day voter registration (SB 6021/2297) and automatic voter registration (SB 6353/HB 2595). This package of bills will help strengthen the voices of underrepresented voters and increase access to democracy. I have supported these critical pieces of legislation for several years now, and appreciate your strong support …

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Legislature Passes Legal Financial Obligation Bill

The Senate Ways and Means has passed HB 1783, Legal Financial Obligations – now it goes to the Rules Committee and then the Senate floor for consideration. NOTE: as of March 8 the Senate had passed the bill and it will go to the governor for signature.

– Current interest paid by those convicted on is 12% compounding.  Non payment may result in re-incarceration. This will be abolished.

Kelly Thompson

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Oil Transportation Safety Bill 6269 Hearing

On February 15, the Senate Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on Oil Transportation Safety Bill 6269. SSB 6269 proposes to increase the oil spill tax by 2 cents per barrel and apply it to pipelines as well as railroads and vessels. It would raise $1.7 million in the 2018-19 biennium, and $2.7 million in the 2020-1 biennium. The proposal directs the Department of Ecology (ECY) to report on vessel safety in the Salish Sea and hold a forum with tribes and Canada.. ECY …

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Capital Gains Tax Bill Hearing

The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing Friday, February 16, on Rep. Kristine Lytton’s (D-Anacortes) bill (HB 2967), which would lower property taxes by imposing a capital gains tax. Good coverage today in Seattle Times (pp. B1-B2).

Capital Gains Tax

Dave Speights
(425) 347-7595 (home)
(425) 238-5974 (cell)

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Clean Transportation Bill Passes House Committee

On 1 February  2018, the House Environmental Committee passed HB 2328.  UU Voices testified in favor of this bill on 18 January. The bill adopts California’ vehicle emission standards, and requires manufacturers to target sales of Zero Emission Vehicles (think electric powered cars) to state residents.  California won a court case to set their own standards for emissions, and Washington can adopt those standards. This is an important step in creating the “green wall” along the West coast along with Oregon and California,

The Washington Senate …

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Climate Lobby Day January 22, 2018

UU Voices and several UU members from around the state participated in the Climate Lobby Day on January 22, 2018. The day was organized by Climate Solutions and Audubon Society of Washington. Speakers from each organization described various climate proposals at the legislature, including clean fuel, clean electric power and carbon tax bills. (For more on the carbon tax bill, see separate blog.) Governor Inslee addressed the group and then we went to the capitol to meet with legislators. Generally speaking, most legislators seemed receptive …

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Advocacy 101 (courtesy of Faith Action Network)