• VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to strengthen mental health crisis support

  • 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.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

    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.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger
  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to balance our tax code

  • 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 legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 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.

    This legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 37.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger
  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to close a tax loophole for insurance companies

  • 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.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 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.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 38.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger

No Good Choices

There are no good choices in the race for Kennewick City Council, Position 1, Ward 1. Incumbent Don Britain has had multiple ethics complaints filed against him and was fired by the state's Department of Social and Health Services for having an "inappropriate relationship" with one of his clients. He has faced an investigation from the city of Kennewick for complaints filed by fellow council member Bill McKay.

Also in this race is real estate agent Gretl Crawford. Her campaign is emphasizing policing without implementing any new accountability measures. Crawford is also focused on helping businesses without mentioning environmental preservation or balancing our tax code.

Write in a progressive of your choice for Kennewick City Council, Position 1, Ward 1.

  • Steve Lee is running for re-election to Kennewick City Council, Position 2, Ward 2. Lee was elected to the council in 2018 and appointed mayor pro tem. He runs a cannabis business with more than 50 employees.

    Lee's campaign platform emphasizes the need for Kennewick to continue attracting young professionals by promoting events, projects, and businesses that engage all kinds of people in the community. He believes that his experience as a business owner makes him uniquely qualified to help other businesses thrive even during economically challenging times.

    Lee faces a challenge from Republican Loren Anderson. Anderson supports banning measures to balance Washington's upside-down tax code and ensure the wealthy pay their share to support our state. Even worse, he has promoted dangerous anti-vaccine rallies in the midst of a deadly pandemic.

    Lee is the best choice in the race for Kennewick City Council, Position 2, Ward 2.

    Steve Lee

    Steve Lee is running for re-election to Kennewick City Council, Position 2, Ward 2. Lee was elected to the council in 2018 and appointed mayor pro tem. He runs a cannabis business with more than 50 employees.

    Steve Lee

    Steve Lee is running for re-election to Kennewick City Council, Position 2, Ward 2. Lee was elected to the council in 2018 and appointed mayor pro tem. He runs a cannabis business with more than 50 employees.

No Good Choices

We have no recommendation for the Kennewick City Council, Position 4 (At-Large). The two candidates in this race are Ken Short and Bill McKay.

Short is a member of the Kennewick Planning Commission, and has spent time as a legislative assistant in the Washington state Senate. Short's platform mentions wanting to bring new businesses to the community and lowering taxes without acknowledging that Washington's upside-down tax code must be changed so the wealthy pay their share for housing, social services, and health care programs.

McKay is the incumbent council member running for re-election. He was elected in 2018 and serves on the Ben Franklin Transit Board and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee. McKay is also a member of the Washington Self-Storage Association Board. He does not have a campaign website, a detailed platform, or a record of his accomplishments since 2018 available.

Write in a progressive of your choice for Kennewick City Council, at-large Position 4.

  • Evergreen Future
  • Jason Lohr is an electrician and IBEW Local 112 member who is running for Kennewick City Council, Position 3, Ward 3. He serves as a volunteer for the union's youth and community outreach committee and as a delegate to the Washington State Labor Council. As a union member, Lohr's platform emphasizes living wage local jobs, as well as bringing more housing to the city and investing in the road, park, and utility infrastructure everyone relies on for work and play. His campaign is strongly endorsed by labor organizations.

    Lohr is running against incumbent John Trumbo, who does not have a working website available as of early October. Trumbo, who states that he will continue to work on the council with "conservative leadership," was reprimanded by his colleagues on the city council in 2020 for violating city ethics codes - and not for the first time.

    Lohr is the best choice in this race for Kennewick City Council, Position 3, Ward 3.

    Jason Lohr is an electrician and IBEW Local 112 member who is running for Kennewick City Council, Position 3, Ward 3. He serves as a volunteer for the union's youth and community outreach committee and as a delegate to the Washington State Labor Council. As a union member, Lohr's platform emphasizes living wage local jobs, as well as bringing more housing to the city and investing in the road, park, and utility infrastructure everyone relies on for work and play. His campaign is strongly endorsed by labor organizations.

    Lohr is running against incumbent John Trumbo, who does not have a working website available as of early October. Trumbo, who states that he will continue to work on the council with "conservative leadership," was reprimanded by his colleagues on the city council in 2020 for violating city ethics codes - and not for the first time.

    Lohr is the best choice in this race for Kennewick City Council, Position 3, Ward 3.

    Jason Lohr

    Jason Lohr is an electrician and IBEW Local 112 member who is running for Kennewick City Council, Position 3, Ward 3. He serves as a volunteer for the union's youth and community outreach committee and as a delegate to the Washington State Labor Council.

  • Endorsed By: Alliance for Gun Responsibility