38th District UPDATE: Tax reform, redistricting, housing protections and more!

Have your say on how to modernize our tax code

Washington state’s tax structure places a heavier burden on working families and small businesses than those at the very top of the income bracket. This is unfair and needs to change.

Two years ago, the legislature created the Tax Structure Workgroup to engage all taxpayers—individuals and families, businesses large and small—on ways to create a more equitable, transparent, and stable tax code.

This is YOUR chance to share your input

Oct 6 tax webinar

On Wednesday, October 6, we hope you can join one of the interactive webinars for residents and businesses in the Northwest Region—which includes the 38th Legislative District:

Afternoon session: 2:30-4:00 p.m.—click here to register

Evening session: 6:30-8:00 p.m.—click here to register

Learn more about the Tax Structure Workgroup here.


Redistricting Maps are now online

Every 10 years, we redraw the political boundaries in our state to make sure districts have equal population–and that nobody’s vote is artificially strengthened or diluted. One person, one vote.

Washington state has a unique system, with an independent commission drawing the lines. There’s public comment and meetings around the state before commissioners start their work.

You also have access to the same data and mapping software used to create these maps. To see the four maps, go to redistricting.wa.gov/proposed-maps.

redistricting map

Please add your voice to the conversation. It is critical that the commission’s maps reflect your and your community’s input into our new Legislative District boundaries.

You can attend one of the two upcoming statewide virtual outreach meetings on October 5 and 9.

And you can also leave a comment to let them know what you think of their proposals at www.redistricting.wa.gov.


Housing stability “bridge” extended through Oct. 31

More than a year and half into this crisis, it remains clear that far too many people still face an imminent risk of eviction, displacement, and homelessness. That’s why we added our signatures to this letter urging Gov. Inslee to extend the housing stability “bridge” proclamation, thus continuing protections for certain renters who are struggling to recover financially from the pandemic.

BRIDGE CALENDAR

If you currently need assistance or anticipate not being able to pay rent, apply now to ensure you are protected, even if your application is not processed before October 31.

Landlords who lost rent or have property damage caused by tenants can access funding through the Landlord Mitigation Program.

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  • Housing and other rights in multiple languages: www.walawhelp.org
  • Toll Free Eviction Defense Screening line: 855-657-8387.
  • Washington State Attorney General’s question/complain form: submit questions or concerns online here, or call 1-833-660-4877 to leave a message.

The new WA Cares Fund

The Legislature recently expanded social security in our state by creating a new long-term care program that everyone can access when they need it.

Just like Social Security and Medicare, the new WA Cares Fund is part of the social safety net that Washington residents can access when we need it, and since everyone contributes, everyone benefits.

Most of us will need long-term care support or services in our golden years, but almost no one saves for it.  As we age, some of our daily activities may become more difficult, and we might need changes to our homes to get around or help getting to doctors’ appointments. WA Cares can be used for a range of services and supports, like building ramps for wheelchair accessibility around the house or hiring a home care assistant a few hours a week. There are a lot of ways to use our WA Cares benefit – without spending savings or relying on Medicaid.

Click here or on the image below for an overview of the Washington Cares Fund in a 2-minute video:

WA CARES FUND OVERVIEW

Due to an abundance of misinformation on how the program works, our offices have been receiving questions over phone and email, so we put together this Frequently Asked Questions sheet to help bring some clarity. But we also encourage everyone to visit the WA Cares Fund website at www.wacaresfund.wa.gov for more information.


Better Bags

In 2020 we passed a law to phase out single-use plastic bags. Those thin, easily torn bags we’re used to getting at the grocery store are a huge pollution, litter, and waste problem. They hurt our wildlife since they often end up inside birds and fish, but also impact our health because the chemicals released into those animals and waterways can wind up in our bodies. The disposable plastic bags also clog storm drains, fill up landfills, and are generally wasteful.

bag ban

There’s a better way: Paper bags and tough, reusable plastic bags are a smarter choice, and that’s what our state is switching to starting today, October 1. Visit Ecology’s plastic bag ban website for all the details, including a frequently asked questions section and information in 17 languages.


Legislative internship applications due soon!

The Washington legislature has one of the best undergraduate legislative internship programs out of all fifty states.

Interns are paid, earn college credit, and serve as full time staff solving problems for Washington residents and helping run our legislative offices. They also participate in mock committee meetings and a mock floor session to pass bills.

INTERNSHIPS

Applications are open for the 2022 session with a priority deadline of October 15 and a final deadline of October 20.

Visit the internship program website to learn more and apply.


Thank you so much for reading this newsletter, we hope it was helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact our offices if you need more information or have questions on any of the topics discussed here or on any other legislative matter.

Sincerely,

38th Joint signatures

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