Dear friends and neighbors,

As our beautiful state starts to come alive with fall colors and as the days get shorter, this is always an exciting and hopeful time of year. We’re turning our focus to the 2022 legislative session and are looking forward to continuing our work together!

That doesn’t mean the past few months haven’t been busy. Keep reading for some interim news and helpful resources, and scroll on for ways to get involved and plugged in this autumn!

Pictures with community members in my office, Jan. 2020!

With community members in my office, Jan. 2020!


GET HEARD: Share your thoughts with the Tax Structure Work Group! 

The Tax Structure Work Group held a series of virtual Tax Town Halls in October and November. If you weren’t able to attend the town halls yesterday, don’t worry – you can fill out the TSWG’s survey and let policymakers know your thoughts about the best tax reforms for our state.

Last legislative session, we passed a capital gains tax (which only affects 0.23% of people in our entire state) and a Working Families Tax Credit to help address the upside-down tax code that favors top earners while leaving lower-income residents behind, but there’s so much more still to do. These town halls are a great opportunity to raise your voice about the best ways to move forward. You and your story are a crucial part of this process and the future of our state!


GET PLUGGED IN: Tap the links to help Afghan refugees entering Washington!

As crises across the world unravel, we can play a crucial role in helping those most impacted. Afghan refugees have begun to arrive in our state, and there are ways we can each step up to help them and come together as a community. Below are some links to help welcome them:

International Rescue Committee: rescue.org/united-states/seattle-wa

Jewish Family Service: jfsseattle.org

Lutheran Community Services Northwest: lcsnw.org

World Relief Seattle: worldrelief.org/seattle

For even more resources available across the state, click this link.

From visits with community members in Olympia, Jan. 2020!


GET INFORMATION: Read below for Long Term Care Act news!

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from folks in our community concerning the Washington Cares Fund – I hear you, and I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to reach out!

Here’s a quick look at the policy. Seven out of every ten Washingtonians will need long term care at some point in their lives, but many struggle to afford the services they need. In 2019, the Legislature passed a bill to address this issue and create a first-in-the-nation public program for long term care. We have a responsibility to provide resources for Washington residents who are in need of this care, and WA Cares is a step in that direction. While this program is far from perfect and has issues that need to be addressed, there is plenty of work happening behind the scenes ahead of its implementation.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the program in multiple languages at wacaresfund.wa.gov/learn-more/.


As a reminder, you can always reach me by email at Mona.Das@leg.wa.gov, by phone at (360) 786-7692, on Facebook at “Sen. Mona Das,” or on Twitter at @senmonadas. Send me an email, give me a call, leave a comment on a post, or tweet at me! Even though we have to stay apart to keep our communities safe, we can absolutely stay connected!

Sincerely, Mona