United Way of King County

 

October 20, 2011

HEADLINES

Local
Upcoming public hearings about the city and county budgets
Help pass the Seattle Families and Education Levy

State
Town hall meeting rescheduled
Special session begins soon and calendar of hearings
Redistricting Commission moves towards consensus

Federal
Bipartisan support for charitable deduction
Tell Congress that you support children’s dreams this Halloween
Kudos!
Economic insecurity

Local

Upcoming public hearings about the city and county budgets
There is still time to share your thoughts about the pending Seattle and King County budgets. The Seattle City Council has a public hearing scheduled for October 26, while the King County Council is holding budget hearings on October 19 and October 25. For details about these public meetings, including times and locations, visit the City of Seattle and King County Council websites.

Help pass the Seattle Families and Education Levy
Volunteers will be working the phones from now until the November election to pass the Seattle Families and Education Levy.  If passed, the levy will direct $232 million to Seattle’s most vulnerable children over the next seven years to help them succeed in school.  If you are interested in helping, click here.


State

Town hall meeting rescheduled
Department of Social and Health Service’s Secretary Susan Dreyfus has scheduled town hall meetings throughout the state to discuss the impact of proposed budget cuts and encourage “civic engagement in the budget process”.  The Seattle meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, October 21 | 10:30 a.m. – Noon at St. Mark’s Cathedral - 1245 Tenth Avenue East, Bloedel Hall.  Last week, the Secretary announced she will be leaving DSHS in January 2012.

Special session begins soon and calendar of hearings
The state Legislature will go into a 30-day special session starting Nov. 28 to tackle what's expected to be at least a $2 billion shortfall in the state budget. To stay updated on all the action, check the state’s official schedule of hearings or watch them live.

Redistricting Commission moves towards consensus
Last week the Washington State Redistricting Commission announced that it is narrowing the number of legislative map proposals from four to two. Rather than having two Democratic maps and two Republican maps, each party will have one, which then must be reconciled by the January 15 deadline. The bipartisan commission is responsible for redrawing state legislative districts using the new 2010 Census data.


Federal

Bipartisan support for charitable deduction
As  a result of your advocacy efforts and organizations including United Way Worldwide and the Independent Sector, the Senate removed a provision from the American Jobs Act that would have capped the charitable deduction, a tax credit critical to the operation of non-profits and charity care. The cap on charitable giving is still part of the President’s formal recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23rd.  You can watch the October 18 U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Charitable Giving" here.

Tell Congress that you support children’s dreams this Halloween
Did you know that almost all of the funding for quality early learning in Washington State comes from the federal government?  As Congress considers how to move our country forward, groups across Washington State are reminding them that investing in quality early childhood education and care is one of the best investments we can make.  To tell Congress why early learning is so important and what it means to our nation’s future and our children’s dreams, send this fun, quick and interactive Halloween card today, created by the League of Education Voters, Mom’s Rising and our other Early Learning Action Alliance partners.

Kudos!
On a single day in early October, sixty-nine phone calls of over 2,600 nationwide were made by Washington state residents asking Congress to Save the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation for National and Community Service, responsible for such programs as AmeriCorps, Serve America and Foster Grandparents, creates jobs and helps communities in a cost effective way.  Thanks for your support!

Economic insecurity
Two new reports  on economic security have just been released: Women and Men Living on the Edge:  Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession and Economic Security: Key to Recovery and Prosperity. These reports highlight the difficulty that still exists finding jobs and paying for basic necessities like food, health care and transportation.  The first report is based on national information from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and analyzed by the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey of Economic Security, while the second report from the Washington State Budget and Policy Center shows the effects of budget reductions on Washington state residents.