Posts for 'Progressive Taxation'

Seattle Taxes the Rich! Onward to Rent Control! My Speech at the Final Vote

July 13th, 2017

Since I first ran for office, Socialist Alternative and I have organized for a $15 minimum wage, taxing the rich, and rent control. We won $15/hour, and now our growing movement has taxed the rich! But we know our work is far from over. Big business, the super-wealthy, and the right-wing plan on taking our […]

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It’s Time to Tax the Rich

June 16th, 2017

For decades, poor and working class people in our state have paid far more of their income in taxes than big business and the super-rich. Now with Trump’s billionaire-backed right-wing administration threatening further massive tax breaks for corporations and the super-wealthy alongside vicious cuts to social programs for ordinary people, hundreds of thousands are getting […]

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District 3 “Tax the Rich!” Town Hall

May 23rd, 2017

On May 18, 2017, my office and the Trump-Proof Seattle Coalition brought together more than 200 people for a District 3 town hall to build a movement to Tax the Rich! For decades, poor and working class people in our state have paid far more of their income in taxes than the super-rich. Now with […]

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Tax Corporations and Super-Wealthy People to Fund Washington Schools

September 5th, 2014

On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the Court should find state legislators in contempt for its criminal underfunding of Washington schools. Activists traveled to Olympia to deliver a letter (included below), calling on the Supreme Court, Governor Inslee, and the Legislature to fully fund our public schools by taxing corporations […]

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Letter from the Transit Riders Union in Support of a Progressive Metro Plan

July 17th, 2014

Yesterday the Seattle Transit Riders Union sent all Transportation Benefit District Board Members a letter (PDF) urging members to remove the sales tax increase from their proposal and, acting as the City Council, pass the Employee Hours Tax and Commercial Parking Fee increase being proposed by myself and Councilmember Nick Licata. The full text follows. Dear Seattle Transportation Benefit District Board Members: This spring, […]

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FAQ on Saving Metro the Progressive Way

July 8th, 2014

Here are answers to common questions about Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata’s proposal to fund Metro transit with a progressive tax on businesses. For more information, check out this opinion column by Kshama and Nick in the Puget Sound Business Journal, and see below on how you can support this proposal. What is the current […]

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Save Metro the Progressive Way

June 25th, 2014

City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata aim to fund Seattle transit by replacing a sales tax hike with a business tax. King County Metro is facing a 17% cut to services. The Mayor has proposed a Seattle-specific funding package that would include a $60 vehicle license fee and a 0.1 percent increment added to […]

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