An opinion piece shared with KCMS by the WPSR Economic Inequity Task Force.
The WPSR Economic Inequity Task Force is sharing these comments and extending a collective advocacy invitation to all KCMS members.
1. We wanted to be clear about the Washington Cares Fund: We want you to NOT opt-out. We would like you to promote it to help the most vulnerable people in our communities. The Washington Cares Fund is a fantastic state law that is not perfect but will be improved in the upcoming legislative session. It directly addresses and improves equity. Period. It provides primary long-term care ($36K) to all Washington citizens when needed. It is funded by a flat tax of 0.58% on our income. Marginalized and BIPOC people will benefit greatly and live a less stressful and healthier life. When we opt out, it harms the long-term stability of this important state program. Like all of us, low-income people deserve resources to care for themselves and their loved ones as they age. This program helps all boats rise!
2. We are thrilled to invite you to our January 25 meeting from 5:30-7:00 pm. The focus will strengthen our health advocacy voice to end homelessness and promote progressive taxation. We want to fundamentally address the root causes of injustice and improve the health of the communities that we serve.
Agenda: Representative Frank Chopp and Noel Frame will discuss their bills and strategies for this session. We will then have break out rooms to coordinate the work needed to move this important legislation forward during this 2022 session and beyond
We hope you can join us!!
Tesia Wood, WPSR Co-Chair of the Economic Inequity Task Force
Charles Mayer, WPSR Co-Chair of the Economic Inequity Task Force