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    Legislative Action Committee Talking Points

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    Legislative Action Committee Talking Points

    The primary work of the state legislature over the next month (or more!) will be the budget. The current biennial budget expires on June 30 and a new budget needs to be adopted by that date to keep the state open on July 1. The budget is about $dollars$, but it’s also about sense – where we spend our public funds are our priorities.  

    With this in mind, the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) asks you to act to support those policies and programs that are important to us as Democrats – programs that protect the environment, provide for the economic security and well-being of all, but especially those most vulnerable because of poverty, infirmity, disability, age and other inequities, and ensure that all have quality educational opportunities.

    To this end, we ask you to communicate with our 34th District senator, Sharon Nelson, and representatives, Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon. Call; write a letter; send an email.  (See for contact information.)  Talk to your friends and relatives that share our values, but live in other districts, particularly Republican districts; encourage them to share this message with their state legislators.

    To help you, here are some notes for you to put into your message:

    1. Response to the budget proposals from the Governor, Senate Republicans and House Democrats:
      • The estimated $4 billion in added dollars per biennium needed to fully fund education, as required under the State Supreme Court McCleary decision, should come from new revenue, not by stealing from other programs that are essential to our state’s social contract; don’t sacrifice social services or the environment to fund the education budget.
      • The levy swap is a bad idea that will hurt the residents of the 34th Legislative District by increasing the tax burden on those residents and exporting those taxes to other parts of the state rather than improving conditions locally, where there are significant unmet educational needs.


    1. New revenue sources are needed:
      • A new tax of 7.0 to 7.9 percent on capital gains over $25,000 (or $50,000 for joint filers) would raise as much as $800 million in new revenue.
      • Tax exemptions for large corporations could be reduced or eliminated without adversely affecting their bottom lines. Those dollars could save residents from homelessness, health care catastrophe, hunger and a degraded environment. These exemptions should be carefully examined for their supposed benefits to the state and eliminated if they are not accomplishing the state’s goals.
      • Washington State should embrace the first carbon tax in the nation and lead the way toward environmental policy that provides an economic incentive for reducing greenhouse emissions and raises revenues. The Governor’s proposal, for example, at $25 per metric ton of carbon, would raise about $2 billion.

    Tell your story. Have social, environmental or other government programs helped or hurt you or someone in a way that illustrates why Democratic policies and programs are important? Tell our legislators, briefly, so that our legislators can share your story with their colleagues.

    Job Opportunity! South King County Democrats

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    South King County Democrats Lead Organizer Job Announcement

    The South King County Democrats is a project to empower and improve the diverse communities that live between the south end of Lake Washington and the border of Pierce County. These are communities that vary widely in terms of income and ethnicity. This project works to engage and empower citizens who have not registered, citizens who vote infrequently, and of course, citizens who want to engage fully in the political process. We will not only work to increase community engagement with this project but also celebrate the cultural diversity of South King County. It is a project of the King County Democrats.

    South King County Democrats Lead Organizer

    The South King County Democrats Lead Organizer will work with a diverse team of South King County residents, institutional political directors and community leaders to mobilize voters. The organizer motivates and empowers people to be effective advocates for justice in their communities.

    Primary responsibilities of this job include registering and engaging voters through door-to-door outreach. The South King County Democrats Lead Organizer will also work in coalition with community, labor, faith, and immigrant organizations and small businesses that share our vision of an economy that works for all.


    • Demonstrated commitment to fighting for racial, gender, and economic justice.
    • Experience in community, political or labor organizing.
    • Ability to develop and implement goals based on critical thinking about grassroots organizing strategy and tactics.
    • Ability to work as part of a team, commitment to pitching in to help others.
    • Experience working in an environment where diversity based on race, nationality, gender, age,
    • sexual orientation and physical ability is an important value.
    • A valid driver’s license and access to a car.
    • Ability to speak a second language preferred. Desired languages include Spanish, Korean, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
    • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative.
    • Effective oral and written communicator, values and fosters open communication, uses and understands the importance of active listening skills.
    • Values self-improvement, able to accept praise and critical feedback and seeks evaluation.
    • Experience with and commitment to working on racial justice issues and / or working in communities of color.
    • Strong personal time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.

    The South King County Democrats Lead Organizer position is full-time with a competitive salary, health coverage after 90 days, and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Evenings and weekends will be required.

    South King County Democrats is an aggressive affirmative action employer. People of color, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and people with low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Send your resume, cover letter, and three references to:

    South King County Democrats Organizing Lead Announcement PDF