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ACLU Burien People Power
Alki United Church of Christ
Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition
Balance Our Tax Code
Burien White Center Migra Watch & Community Support Network
Catholic Community Services
Children’s Home Society
Child Care Aware of WA
Child Care Resources
Community Day Center for Children,
Church & Society/Social Justice Committee of First United Methodist Church of Seattle
Columbia City Church of Hope
Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Temple
Fairwood United Methodist Church, Renton
Faith Action Network
Granite Falls Community Coalition
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
National Association of Social Workers WA Chapter
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) WA State Policy Advocate
Northwest Health Law Advocates
Northwest Progressive Institute
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawai’i
Progress Alliance of Washington
Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy
Retired Public Employees Council
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle
Seattle Infant Development Center
SEIU Local 6
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 925
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Local 1948, Public School Employees of Washington
Soar of King County
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Statewide Poverty Action Network
Stolte Family Foundation
Tiny Trees Preschool
United Church in University Place
University Friends Meeting
Voices of Tomorrow
Washington Education Association
Washington Food Coalition
Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Washington Federation of State Employees
Washington State Labor Council
Washington State Parent Ambassadors
Washington’s Paramount Duty
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Wellspring Family Services
Westminister UCC, Spokane
Working Washington/Fair Work Center
The Honorable Governor Jay Inslee
The Honorable Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins
The Honorable Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig
The Honorable Senator Christine Rolfes, Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee
The Honorable Representative Timm Ormbsy, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee
The Honorable Representative Noel Frame, Chair of the House Finance Committee
Dear Governor Inslee, Speaker Jinkins, Majority Leader Billig, Senator Rolfes, Representatives Ormsby and Frame:
As you know, the people of Washington are struggling.
Businesses are trying to stay afloat, over one million people have filed for unemployment, and thousands more are relying on state assistance. Every day, people are making difficult choices: going to work and putting their health at risk, finding a new job in a recession, or juggling online learning for children while working from home.
Moreover, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are feeling both the health and economic effects of the pandemic most acutely. They are becoming ill and dying at higher rates than whites while also losing health care and jobs.
As legislative leaders, you have a choice in how to help all Washingtonians and our economy recover.
We, the undersigned, have come together to ask that you keep resources flowing to our communities so we can recover stronger and faster.
There are lessons you can apply from the last recession. States that avoided deep cuts to their state budgets — like Oregon and California — and kept money flowing to communities recovered faster. At the same time, Washington slashed programs, laid off employees, and set families – especially people of color – back. Consequently, it took our economy much longer to recover.
Economists believe the best response to this recession is to increase long-term investments in education, health care, infrastructure, and economic security.
Washingtonians agree. Over 55% of those polled in April said they support either new taxes or increasing existing taxes to fund services, and 63% favor raising taxes on the wealthiest households that can most afford it to kick start the economy and support workers and families.
We call on you to rebuild an economy where all of us, no matter what we look like or where we live, can thrive.