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WA Small, Family-Owned Businesses Need Help NOW

PETITION TO: WA State Lawmakers

All of us, regardless of zip code, political party, industry, or color of our skin, want a vibrant, humming economy that keeps money flowing to Washington’s families and communities.

 

The pandemic’s economic impacts on small, family-owned businesses may drive many of them to close their doors for good. Small business closures not only impact us, they take food off the table for our employees and their families, and weaken the fabric of our communities.

 

The situation is too urgent to continue to wait for federal help that could arrive too late or not at all. So we are writing to ask you – Washington’s elected leaders – to help families and our state’s economy NOW.

 

We urge you to immediately:

 

Get cash into the hands of those who need it most, as fast as possible.

 

Increase the speed and size of grants to small family-owned businesses, with priority on those that are the only source of income for entire households and people of color who face the biggest setbacks during recessions.

 

Avoid knee jerk cuts to the state budget. We must take care of all Washingtonians and continue services – such as healthcare, food programs, housing, and childcare – that people need to survive. This means holding steady, or increasing spending, to keep money flowing to communities.

 

Pass progressive taxes that ask the wealthiest few and large profitable corporations to do their part. Low- and middle-income families, and small businesses, already pay more than their fair share in state taxes. Now it’s time to make sure those that have done well in Washington do right by Washington.

 

Let’s rebuild a new, better economy where we can all thrive together.