Dear friends and neighbors,

We’re halfway through our third week of the legislative session and there have already been some amazing developments I’m excited to brief you on. Several of our bills have made it one step further in the process (getting a public hearing was step one!), and I’ve filed a few more bills that our community has championed. Keep reading for a quick update!

New bills to keep an eye on:

  • SB 5932, my bill to cut our state sales tax! This would bring our sales tax rate down from 6.5% to 5.5%. This is a bill that would put money back in the pockets of working families, and help fix our broken, upside-down tax system that asks more of working Washingtonians than it does of the richest among us. As we’re working toward a full economic recovery, I’m proud to champion a policy that makes our economy more equitable.
  • SB 5915 would completely exempt all diapers from our state sales tax. This is another tool in the effort to make our state’s tax code less regressive, and to help working Washingtonians. The diaper tax exemption will increase accessibility to this important and common necessity for all Washington caregivers.

Big public hearings:

  • SB 5832 builds on our work last year to increase affordable housing access by offering a tax exemption for the development of affordable multifamily housing. This bill would strengthen our 20-year property tax exemption for the creation of permanently affordable homes, and bolster tenant protections and relocation assistance.
  • SB 5372 just had its hearing yesterday and would generate jobs right here in our community and enhance the real estate value of new buildings. Green roofs also provide opportunities for learners of all ages to get an important STEM education outdoors while serving an important environmental benefit too: helping us fight climate change, better manage stormwater, and protect our waterways from harmful runoff. Green roofs benefit our community by providing good, healthy food to our neighbors, as well as an opportunity to come together and tend these gardens with one another.

I’m excited to champion these bills alongside you and am even more excited to hear from you throughout session. As a reminder, you can always reach me by email or by phone at (360) 786-7692, on Facebook at “Sen. Mona Das,” on Twitter at @senmonadas, or on Instagram at @senatormonadas. 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