Posts for 'People’s Budget'

My Final Comments on the 2017 City Budget

November 22nd, 2016

On Monday, November 22, 2016, the Seattle City Council cast our final votes on the 2017 budget. Once again, the People’s Budget movement won a number of progressive budget victories. Most notably, our Build 1,000 Homes Coalition was able to wrest $29 million in bonds for affordable housing — funding that many Councilmembers had sworn they would never […]

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Build 1,000 Homes Coalition Wins $29 Million for Affordable Housing!

November 17th, 2016

Dear fellow housing justices advocates, Congratulations to you all! Our affordable housing movement scored a major victory yesterday! We forced the City Council to approve $29 million for affordable housing in the 2017-2018 Seattle budget.  Let’s be clear: We won this because we built our Coalition and a movement. We made it impossible for corporate […]

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Petition: Fight for Affordable Housing – Build 1,000 Homes!

October 5th, 2016

My staff have produced this FAQ to explain why you should join fight to Build 1,000 new affordable homes for Seattle’s poor and working class families and individuals. Sign the petition, then come rally with us for the Council’s first vote on the budget! The vote will take place Tuesday or Wednesday, November 15 or 16 at 9:30 […]

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We Can Build 1000 Homes – City Memo Explains How

September 22nd, 2016

Recently, the Mayor and his staff have said that the City cannot allocate the $160 million in Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) funding that was previously attached to the development of a new North Police Precinct building to affordable housing. They’re wrong. On September 22, 2016, the Legislative Department’s Central Staff published a memo (summary here) which explains, at […]

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Why I Voted No on the 2016 Budget – We Need a Budget That Meets the Needs of Ordinary Working People

November 23rd, 2015

On Friday, November 23, 2015, the Seattle City Council cast our final votes on the 2016 budget. The People’s Budget movement won a number of progressive budget victories, and I was proud to vote in favor of them. But, even with these progressive amendments, the final budget package remained woefully inadequate. As a workers’ representative that was elected on a pledge to […]

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My Response to the Mayor’s Budget

September 29th, 2015

On Monday, September 28, 2015, Mayor Murray presented his version of the budget for 2016. Once again, it falls far short of what working people need. Check out my response, and join me at City Hall on October 27 for a People’s Budget Town Hall to build the movement for a budget that reflects the needs of ordinary […]

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Why I Voted No On A Business-As-Usual Budget

November 24th, 2014

On Friday, November 14th, the Seattle City Council introduced amendments to the Mayor’s 2015-2016 budget. Multiple progressive amendments were passed, including my amendments to raise all City workers to $15/hour next year, fund a year-round women’s homeless shelter, and provide critical services to transitional homeless encampments. However, the positive amendments introduced by the City Council […]

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Join Me for the Final Budget Vote – This Monday, 2:00 PM at City Hall

November 18th, 2014

Last Friday, we scored a handful of budget victories that will improve the lives of low wage workers, homeless people, and women in Seattle. Faced with a status quo budget that caters to big business and the super-wealthy, ordinary people had to fight for every dollar. Our victories would not have been possible without the […]

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Victory for Transitional Encampments: One Step in the Fight Against Economic Inequality

November 17th, 2014

A decade after the City declared its intention to end homelessness, the number of people living without shelter in Seattle continues to grow. Encampments such as Seattle’s Tent Cities are a critical stop-gap measure for those who have been pushed into the streets by rising rents and stagnating wages. But the City government has mostly […]

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Social Justice Victories in Business as Usual Budget

November 15th, 2014

On November 14th, the City Council Budget Committee discussed and voted on a series of amendments to the Mayor’s proposed 2015-2016 budget.  Alongside organizing around the need for a fundamentally different approach to the City budget, I introduced amendments to specifically address income inequality and the needs of the most marginalized and oppressed communities in Seattle. My […]

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