Posts for July, 2020

Renewing our Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD)

July 7th, 2020

JULY 27, 2020 UPDATE: After a lengthy debate on several amendments — your City Council unanimously approved a 6-year transit measure with a 0.15% sales tax to send to the November ballot, giving voters the option to renew funding for our Transportation Benefit District. The current measure is funded by a 0.1% sales tax (the 0.1% of the 10.1% total sales tax in Seattle). To keep promises I previously made […]

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Strong concerns about imposing new payroll taxes on Seattle employers during recession

July 6th, 2020

On Monday, July 6, 2020, your Seattle City Council voted 7-2 to approve a new tax on large Seattle employers (Council Bill 119810).  This new tax will be in addition to the Business & Occupation (B&O) taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and business license fees paid by Seattle employers.  This new tax must be paid […]

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It’s Time for a 3-1-1 Customer Care Center

July 3rd, 2020

A small, but concrete piece for reimagining public safety that can respond effectively to true community needs Most of my June 2020 newsletter was dedicated to addressing police accountability issues in the wake of the protests following the police killings of George Floyd and the painfully long history of misconduct and institutional racism negatively impacting […]

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Survey on Taxes 💵

July 2nd, 2020

Newsletter: Special Edition on Taxes As the Councilmember representing our District 4, I typically enjoy organizing topics into groups of 4 to explore. But this group of 4 is more daunting. As we are painfully aware, our city is facing 4 epic challenges: COVID: The pandemic continues to take lives even though we moved into […]

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