A proposal to meet the challenges of today and invest in a better future for 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 forward to economic recovery is to invest in our people. In Washington state, we need to respond to this challenge, by first identifying the clear priorities for targeted investments, and second showing the specific revenue sources to pay for the investments. Progressive revenue will provide funding for critical public purposes and promote fairness in our tax system.

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 health and 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.

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
  • Free testing and contact tracing for the virus
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
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 and medical interpreters
A fair share contribution

Washington’s upside-down tax code amplifies inequities. Households with the lowest incomes pay the highest share 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 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

The Coronavirus pandemic has created an enormous challenge for child care and early learning programs.  Many are in danger of financial collapse.  To respond, I am co-leading a coalition of organizations and advocates to propose significant state investments to stabilize, expand, and improve child care and early learning.

Investments
  • Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP), for kids, birth to age 5
  • Working Connections Child Care for children from birth to age 12.

Particular emphasis will be put on the compensation, benefits, and training for teachers and other staff, as well as facility improvements.

A social insurance model

To fund these investments, we should build on the models of our state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program, as well as the concept of social security, with a more progressive premium payment structure, to raise over $1 billion per year for the best investment we can make for our future  –  our kids.

 

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.
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.

 

Public Priorities and Progressive Revenues

Combined, this would produce $2 billion per year in new progressive revenue to respond to health and economic community needs exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and avoid the austerity budget cuts of the Great Recession.  This proposal ensures that those who can afford it most will pay their fair share to invest in the greatest community needs, start to address longstanding social inequities, and create a better future for us all.

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Chopp Announces Plan to Fund Needed Pandemic Response and Community Investments with Progressive Revenue

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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


Seattle’s minimum-wage win spurs talk to target more cities.

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Housing for homeless sought at Sand Point.

Seattle Times – Apr 22, 2014 Organizations that work on behalf of the homeless have created a committee to look at housing options at the Sand Point Naval Station…Frank Chopp and Martha Dilts are leading the committee that’s studying options. Keep reading: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910711&slug=1293887


SeaTac minimum wage proposal scores key endorsements.

Seattle Times – September 17, 2013 A proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac scored endorsements Tuesday from 20 elected Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine and state House Speaker Frank Chopp. Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2021844114_seatacmeasurexml.html


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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. ...