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Northwest Asian Weekly: COMMENTARY: Your Climate and Air Depend on Clean Fuels

Northwest Asian Weekly: COMMENTARY: Your Climate and Air Depend on Clean Fuels

By State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, Sam Cho, Port of Seattle Commissioner, and Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica

For Northwest Asian Weekly

Our country is in the midst of a long overdue reckoning with racial injustices and systemic inequality. While those issues have finally moved to the front of our collective focus, environmental justice and impacts of pollution and climate change on ...

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Washington State Wire: Environmental health equity bill fights its way through the committee process

Washington State Wire: Environmental health equity bill fights its way through the committee process

A bill sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña aims to reduce environmental and health disparities and improve the health of Washington state residents by implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force.

The HEAL Act, SB 5141, would establish environmental justice plan implementation, equitable community engagement and public participation, tribal consultation, assessment and budget and funding obligation requirements for various ...

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South Seattle Emerald: Democratic State Senate Sends Captial Gains Tax to House

South Seattle Emerald: Democratic State Senate Sends Captial Gains Tax to House

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)

For the first time in Washington state history, state legislators had a floor vote on a long-proposed capital gains tax. Even more novel: They passed it.

On Saturday, March 6, the Senate Democrats, led by Sen. June Robinson (D-38, Everett) pushed SB 5096 through the senate. The bill passed ...

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KUOW: Pay-per-mile tax gets test drive in Washington Legislature to augment gas tax

KUOW: Pay-per-mile tax gets test drive in Washington Legislature to augment gas tax

By Tom Banse

Washington state senators have teed up a mileage-based tax for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as the first step toward changing how the state pays for road maintenance and other transportation needs. Policymakers expect gas tax revenue to decline long term. Oregon has been experimenting with a per-mile charge for years.

Right now, Washingtonians who own ...

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The Olympian: Letters to the Editor - Immigrant workers deserve unemployment insurance

The Olympian: Letters to the Editor - Immigrant workers deserve unemployment insurance

We still have time to act for climate protection. This means supporting renewable energy by all levels of government while taking personal actions too.

Don’t believe anyone who tells you the battle is lost. Remember, we need both government incentives and penalties, not just one or the other. Never let anyone drive a wedge between these two.

Do tax carbon now and ...

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Ganjapreneur: Washington Social Equity Task Force Makes Legislative Recommendations

Ganjapreneur: Washington Social Equity Task Force Makes Legislative Recommendations

by Cara Wietstock

The Washington State Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis has called for the state to prioritize race over location for equity applicants and to let funds reserved for equity applicants go to current licensees who would meet the program’s requirements.

Washington state’s Task Force on Social Equity made two motions in their latest meeting on January 26. In ...

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South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During The Legislative Session

South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During The Legislative Session

by Jack Russillo

Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25.

Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, and consider the bills multiple times and at various stages before a bill is potentially passed into law. This ...

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Crosscut: More help for WA undocumented community could be on the way

Crosscut: More help for WA undocumented community could be on the way

by Lilly Fowler

Ramón Núñez had been making ends meet by driving for Uber. Then COVID-19 cases spiked and, with his wife in treatment for endometrial cancer, the 54-year-old immigrant from Venezuela decided to do what he could to lessen his potential exposure to the coronavirus. He started delivering food instead.

Núñez is making less money now but has to make ...

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South Seattle Emerald: Heal Act, “The Cornerstone of Any Environmental Policy,” Makes Its Way Through Legislature

South Seattle Emerald: Heal Act, “The Cornerstone of Any Environmental Policy,” Makes Its Way Through Legislature

by Jack Russillo

During the 2019 legislative session, two state senators from South King County sponsored a bill that aimed to improve environmental justice for all of Washington’s residents, but only some of the policy actually became a reality.

This year’s new legislative session, which opened last week, has already seen numerous senators co-sponsor the same policy — including one of the ...

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Crosscut: WA to create $40M fund for undocumented workers hurt by pandemic

Crosscut: WA to create $40M fund for undocumented workers hurt by pandemic

by Lilly Fowler

Undocumented workers who lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic, but were passed over for federal assistance, will finally be getting some help in Washington state, thanks to a new $40 million relief fund.

Gov. Jay Inlsee is setting up the new financial assistance program with cooperation from ...

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