Whatcom County, Proposition 2021-13

Proposition 13 would make it easier for local voters to make their voices heard and participate in the local democratic process through ballot measures.

King County Charter Amendment No. 1

King County Charter Amendment 1 proposes a revision to fix a grammatical error and to update the language to better reflect the values and community of King County.

City of Bellingham Initiative No. 2021-04

Throughout the pandemic, frontline workers have risked their health and safety to earn the minimum wage while the companies they work for boasted record profits. The country’s economic downturn disproportionately hurt hourly wage workers and low-income families. Through both the public health crisis and its economic fallout, it has become clear that workers’ rights need to be strengthened across the country.

City of Bellingham Initiative No. 2021-03

Bellingham Initiative 3 pertains to labor neutrality and the use of government funds, directly or indirectly, to discourage unionization efforts. If approved by voters, the initiative will prohibit city funds from blocking unionization and will support workers’ union participation. Further, the measure includes protections to fairly enforce these policies so that workers’ rights are respected and strengthened.

City of Bellingham Initiative No. 2021-02

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.

City of Bellingham Initiative No. 2021-01

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 No. 2

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.

State Advisory Vote No. 38

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.

State Advisory Vote No. 37

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.