Proposals to meet the challenges of today and invest in a better future for us all.

In the face of the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, we must develop a path forward to avoid austerity budget cuts now and address the critical needs of the public for the future.  The best way to economic recovery is to invest in our people. Progressive revenue will provide funding for critical public purposes and will promote fairness in our tax system. We need to respond to this challenge, by:

  • Identifying the clear priorities for targeted investments, and
  • Showing the specific revenue sources to pay for the investments.

 

I. Health Equity And Recovery Trust –

the HEART Plan

Urgent public need

With remarkable speed, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on personal and public health and crashed the economy. This unprecedented health and economic crisis caused mass unemployment, intensified underlying social and racial inequities, exposed the underfunding of public health, and devastated our state budgets.

Without significant state funding for foundational public health, investment in the survival of our community agencies, and the prevention of austerity budget cuts, our economic recovery will be prolonged. Our public-health system and frontline workforce may not be prepared for a re-emergence of coronavirus or the next public-health emergency that arises. This crisis affects our entire state and the investments we make should be extended to all residents in need across Washington, centering those most impacted by the virus (Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Pacific Islanders).

Community investments

Respond to the pandemic
  • Foundational public health, including frontline workforce
  • Personal Protective Equipment produced and warehoused in Washington state to end our reliance on haphazard supply lines
  • Community-based, culturally-relevant community health workers and specialized case workers to assist families, people who are unhoused and other priority populations, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color
  • Free testing and contact tracing for the virus
  • Preventive care, including health education and culturally relevant communications to priority populations.
Invest in behavioral health and mental illness treatment 
  • Expanded treatment for people with, or at risk of behavioral health illnesses; preserve available “psych beds”
  • A variety of facilities, including the Behavioral Health Institute, a new Behavioral Health Teaching Hospital (to move patients out of Western State Hospital) and other local programs, to improve access and treatment
  • Thousands of new units of supportive housing with treatment services, to provide long-term housing for the chronically homeless
  • Preventive care such as free mental health first aid, school mental health counselors, youth programming, restorative justice organizations, and geriatric mental health therapists
  • Drug court funding to address criminal behavior caused by substance use disorders
  • Expanded first responders capacity and trauma informed care training for first responders
  • Increased support to 211 and crisis lines, including those for suicide prevention, poison control, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Support community health care across Washington
  • Community health clinics, rural hospitals, regional trauma centers, and local emergency services
  • Family planning and health care services
  • Outreach services, community health workers, home visiting, medical interpreters, cultural navigators
  • Dental care and maternity care for people on Medicaid
  • Essential services and residential care for people with developmental disabilities.
A fair share contribution

Washington’s upside-down tax code amplifies inequities. Households with the lowest incomes pay the highest percentage in state and local taxes. To fund the community health investments and advance equity, opportunity, and economic recovery in Washington state, it is time to establish a Fair Share Contribution on large corporations to produce $500 million per year, in a dedicated account, to meet our common health and economic challenges.

Establishing a Fair Share Contribution on large corporations:

  • Tier one: a 5% corporate contribution tax on per employee compensation exceeding half a million dollars
  • Tier two: a 10% corporate contribution on per employee compensation exceeding ten million dollars.

II. Social Security for Child Care and Early Learning

Affordable and accessible child care and early learning is critical for working families and is key strategy to reduce the opportunity gap. The Coronavirus pandemic has created an enormous challenge for child care and early learning programs. Many are in danger of financial collapse. A coalition of organizations and advocates are proposing significant state investments to stabilize, expand, and improve child care and early learning in Washington state.

Investments
  • Making child care more affordable for low-income and middle class families by expanding the Working Connections Child Care program
  • Ensuring every low-income three- and four- year olds across our state has access to our state’s Pre-Kindergarten program, Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP)
  • Expanding access to after-school care and programs
  • Providing a living wage, health care benefits and accessible professional development to child care providers
  • Making capital dollars available to expand and build new child care and early learning classrooms.
A social insurance concept

To fund these investments, we should build on the concept of social security and our state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program, with a more progressive premium payment structure, to raise over $1 billion per year for this very important priority.

In the best of times, access to child care and early learning is a critical strategy to reduce the opportunity gap, provide early interventions to reduce special needs and ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to learn. With the current economic struggles from COVID-19, child care is essential to assist with our economic recovery, support working families, businesses and the economy, and provide care for youth especially as K-12 schools have uncertain re-opening schedules.

 

III. Working Capital for Working Families

Investments
  • Workforce Education to provide associate degrees, certificates, apprenticeships, and student support services in community colleges across the state.
  • Workforce Housing to provide substantial capital for acquisition and construction of housing affordable for lower-wage workers, located close to public transit lines as transit-oriented development.
  • Working Families Tax Credit to give cash back to low-income people who currently pay a much larger percentage of their income than wealthy people.
  • Washington Worker Relief Fund to be administered by community-based organizations to provide economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians
  • Financial aid for students through the Washington College Grant, College Bound Scholarship, and other programs.
A capital gains tax

These investments should be funded by a capital gains sales tax on extraordinary profits, to raise $500 million per year. This will provide critical public purposes and bring much more fairness to our tax system.

 

Summary of Public Priorities and Progressive Revenues

This Public Priorities and Progressive Revenues proposal would produce $2 billion per year in new progressive revenue to respond to health and economic community needs exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. It would avoid our state having to go back to the austerity budget cuts of the Great Recession. With these proposals, those with higher incomes will pay a fairer share. These funds will be invested in our highest priority community needs to address longstanding impacts of racism and social inequities. The result a better future for us all.

Statement
Rep. Frank Chopp Statement on Primary Election Results

Seventy percent of the votes cast are for Democrats, and I am pleased with the strong first place showing we have tonight. I’m proud of the coalition of labor, student, and education groups, pro-choice advocates, and diverse community leaders that have given our campaign great momentum. I look forward to the general election!

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5. Progressive Change

5 Progressive Change “Thanks to Frank’s work electing a progressive majority in the legislature, the Washington legislature became the first in the country to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and enact marriage equality. Frank is a passionate advocate for social justice and civil rights for all.” – Jamie Pedersen, State Senator, 43rd District


4. The Safety Net

4 The Safety Net “Frank always stands up for the most vulnerable in our community. He led the effort to expand services to help the homeless, including saving and reforming the Disability Lifeline program for the mentally ill and others with disabilities.” – Tony Lee, Statewide Poverty Action Network


3. Education

3 Education “Teachers and parents know they have a progressive leader in Frank Chopp for education. He led the way for a new $1.3 billion investment in K-12 Basic Education and he will continue to close tax loopholes and identify new funding sources to meet our obligation to our schools.” – Kate Sipe, teacher at … Continued


2. The Environment

2 The Environment “With Frank’s strong leadership, we passed the toughest laws in the nation banning toxic chemicals. I can always count on Frank to protect our children from toxic toys and our environment from harmful chemicals.” – Laurie Valeriano, environmental health advocate


1. Supporting Working People

1 Supporting Working People “As a community activist and then as a legislator, Frank Chopp played an important role in raising the state minimum wage to the highest in the country. In the legislature, Frank is the leader standing up for working people and a Shared Prosperity agenda — passing paid sick leave, preventing wage … Continued


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This #laborday, I’m reflecting on the positive impact #unions have had on working families.

During COVID, unions have fought for much-needed hazard pay and PPE.

To address climate change, we need unions to help facilitate a just transition to the future green economy.

I’ve worked with unions to raise and minimum wage, enact the 100% Clean Electricity Act, and much more. We’ll keep working together to pass COVID relief and more funding for social services.

I’m proud to be the labor candidate in this race, endorsed by unions representing over 500,000 workers in Washington!
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Thrilled to announce the @sierraclubwashingtonstate has endorsed our campaign!

I’ll prioritize an ambitious #climate agenda that builds a fairer economy for us all.

Top of my agenda? Eliminating transportation emissions by electrifying cars & buses, funding public transit, & building transit-oriented, affordable housing.
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Over the past several months, I have personally urged @govinslee to provide unemployment aid (direct cash assistance) to our state’s 220,000 undocumented residents.

I'm thrilled that the governor responded to the undocumented community and created this #downpayment for COVID relief!

It’s critical that our progressive state leaders protect immigrant communities and migrant farmworkers, who have disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 and job loss.

I’ll keep advocating with organizations like @oneamericavotes for more aid for our undocumented residents and to protect programs that benefit #undocumented folks — like the Washington College Grant, which provides free and reduced college tuition to thousands of undocumented students.
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While we face today’s challenges head-on, we must invest in urgent #ClimateAction.

The climate crisis is already affecting communities across our state, and like every other systemic issue, it’s falling hardest on Native, Black, immigrant, and homeless communities.

We must fight against climate change like our lives depend on it and pass legislation to rapidly reduce our carbon emissions.

I’ve worked hard to pass breakthrough climate legislation, including the 100% Clean Electricity Mandate, which puts Washington on the fastest path in the nation to zero-emission electricity.

I call the coalition we assembled to pass the mandate “Green Power—Blue Collar” because we're made up of environmentalists, labor unions, frontline community leaders, and working families.

Next up: electric vehicle mandates, progressive revenue for public transit, and more. I passed 2019 and 2020’s biggest #climate bills in the state legislature, and I’ll do it again in 2021.
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Thank you 43rd district!!

70% of the votes cast in this race are for Democrzatic candidates, and I am pleased with the strong first place showing we have.

In these challenging times voters are clearly responding to the call for progressive leadership that can truly deliver for the priorities of Seattle.

I'm so proud of the coalition of labor, student and education groups, pro-choice and community leaders that have given our campaign this great momentum. I look forward to the general election!
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During a global pandemic and economic crisis, cutting bus service would be a gut punch to thousands of working families who rely on #transit every day.

I will work to repeal or overturn the disastrous I-976, which threatens to cut bus service, end the ORCA Lift program, end free transit passes for high school students, and reduce para-transit service for disabled riders.

We should be investing in bus service, which makes our city more affordable and accessible, not cutting it.

Beyond repealing I-976, we need to allow localities to fund transit with progressive revenue. We shouldn't have to choose between a regressive sales tax and a cut to bus service.

When I voted to authorize the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (#STBD), it included a car tab tax -- a progressive revenue source. Tim Eyman's I-976 cut that tax and left us with sales tax as the only mechanism to fund transit. This is unacceptable.

I have a progressive revenues plan to fund housing, healthcare, public health, childcare, & cash assistance for working families.

I will fight for the same for transit. With more progressives in the legislature than ever before, I know we can get it done.
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I wear a mask to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Folks without access to housing & healthcare are most at risk during this pandemic — especially our 10,000+ neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Wear a mask for them. #MaskUpWA
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As #pride month comes to a close, I’m thinking about the incredible progress we’ve made on LGBTQ rights — and I’m reminded of the work we still have to do.

Last year, advocates asked us to ban medical discrimination. I worked with my seatmates Rep. Nicole Macri and Sen. Jamie Pedersen to pass SB 5602 to guarantee access to gender-affirming reproductive healthcare for all Washingtonians.

When advocates asked us to protect transgender students, we passed SB 5689 to ban discrimination based on gender expression in public schools.

And when advocates asked us to improve equity in state government, we established the Washington State LGBTQ Commission.

For all our progress, we must do more to protect the most vulnerable in the #lgbtq community — especially trans women.

Last year, Nikki Kuhnhausen was murdered in Vancouver, WA. She was just 17 years old, and she was one of 330 trans people killed worldwide in 2019.
Our work for justice & civil rights is far from over. I promise to listen to the trans community, work with them to develop policies to protect their lives, & fight like hell to get it passed. #transrightsarehumanrights
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Thank you @cmtmosqueda for your support! On affordable housing, expanded childcare, COVID relief, and so many other issues, I’m eager to work together for Seattle’s working families! ...

Let’s reinvest police funding in affordable housing and social services! I raised millions of dollars for the future Youth Opportunity Center at Broadway/Pine, which will create 80 apartments for homeless youth. This type of community investment is a much better use of public funds than using toxic chemicals against peaceful protesters #seattleprotest #capitolhillautonomouszone ...

I strongly support these reforms, proposed by @girmay, and I pledge to work with community leaders to make them happen. We need WAY more funding for housing, homeless services, and our social safety net. Reducing police funding to pay for these priorities shouldn’t be controversial. ...

I pledge to take #NoFossilFuelMoney. Climate change is the defining issue of our time. I will fight for a Clean Fuel Standard, investments in transit, cleanups for toxic sites, and everything else we need to defeat the climate crisis. Join my campaign to say no to the fossil fuel industry and yes to a livable future for us all. ...