Advocacy/Issues

CURRENT ACTION

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County urges voters to renew the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy on their ballots this November. The levy asks voters to approve a $.10 property tax per $1,000 of assessed property value and is expected to raise approximately $343 million for programs to aid the county’s most vulnerable residents, including seniors and people who are experiencing homelessness.

“King County is facing a housing affordability crisis, a homelessness crisis, and a growing senior population—we can’t afford not to renew this levy,” said Stephanie Cirkovich, President of the League.

Despite its longheld stances against regressive taxes and using special levies to fund basic services, the League believes that the benefits the levy brings with it outweigh the relatively modest tax burden on the county’s homeowners.

Cirkovich concluded: “While the League has taken issue with regressive taxes in the past, this particular levy serves as the county’s primary source of human services funding, and it would be a tragedy if this safety net were to disappear. I hope King County voters can see past their tax fatigue to fund these services that are so vital to our community.”

While the League does not endorse candidates, it does offer guidance on King County ballot measures after conducting a thorough study of the ballot language, assessing an initiative’s pros and cons, and interviewing and/or requesting information from campaigns both for and against the measure. Based on the League’s public policy positions, it may support, oppose, or remain neutral (take no position) on a measure.

LOBBY TEAM
Each year, the state League sets priorities for action during the legislative session in Olympia. You can see the 2017 priorities here. Team members then follow bills relating to the priorities. To follow the action, sign up for the legislative newsletter - a weekly email with a rundown on the bills being followed by the team members. To find out how to be a part of the Lobby Team, contact the state League office at (206) 622-8961 or info@lwvwa.org.

HISTORY
For almost 100 years, the League of Women Voters has been an influential voice on issues such as election reform, ethics in leadership, transportation, education, land use, civil rights and more. All League action is based upon our public policy positions which are developed through consensus discussions by members, after a thorough study of the issues. Studies may be conducted at the local, state, and/or national level.

Read our Seattle-King County positions.
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County had its origins in several local Leagues: Seattle, Mercer Island, the Eastside (Lake Washington East), and South King County. Over the years, the various Leagues have merged. With the addition of King County South in 2011, the Seattle League became a countywide League.
With each merger, members worked to merge the positions as well. However, the basic organization of the document continued to reflect its origin in Seattle. The revision adopted in May of 2017 attempts to rectify that bias, as well as to eliminate some of the redundancies and inconsistencies that crept in over the years. Changes include reorganization, merging of similar or identical positions, and some structural revision for consistency.
Dates in the document indicate when the position was added or modified; abbreviations indicate the source: MI – Mercer Island; LWE – Eastside; KCS – King County South. Positions not otherwise marked originated in Seattle. If you would like a copy that highlights the revisions that were made, please contact our office.

Click here for State League positions. These form the basis for action on statewide legislation and policy-making and may also be used to support local action.

Click here for National League positions. These form the basis for action on national legislation and policy-making and may also be used to support local and state action.

Letters and Testimony
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County regularly communicates positions on public issues through letters and testimony to elected officials. Letters and testimony are available for review at our Seattle office.

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