Police facial recognition technology has long been a controversial issue. Facial recognition tools in the hands of law enforcement have been proven to lead to the disproportionate policing of people of color. Moreover, the constitutionality of predictive policing has been questioned for its potential violation of the protections against unreasonable searches.
All Bellingham residents deserve safe and secure housing. Yet, as housing and rental costs soar, wages have not kept up and the city’s vacancy rate remains extremely low. As a result, 57% of Bellingham renters are cost-burdened, according to an American Community Survey. Working families and renters bear the greatest burden in the housing affordability crisis. Evictions and forced relocations pose both an economic difficulty for individuals and families as well as a public health concern with COVID transmission remaining a problem.
King County Charter Amendment 2 would bring the county into compliance with state law on timelines for initiatives, referenda, and charter ballot measures. The amendment would also provide greater clarity around the terms associated with, and process for, measures.
In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5315, which creates a 2% tax on certain insurance premiums. In effect, the law would close a tax loophole for corporations with their own insurance policies, known as captive insurers, so that all insurance companies pay premiums taxes. It is estimated to generate around $53 million over the next decade.
Washingtonians deserve an economy that works for us all. An essential part of that is a balanced tax code where everyone pays their share. Yet, Washington boasts the most upside-down system in the nation, where the state’s lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest few pay just 3% of their income.
This spring, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1477 to expand the state’s crisis response system to include a new hotline dealing exclusively with mental health emergencies.
King County Proposition 1 offers the chance for voters to renew the Best Starts for Kids levy and maintain and expand effective programs that put our children and youth on a path toward lifelong success.
The fourth question is as follows: