Dear Council Members,
Due to Washington State’s regressive tax system, we face a perpetual revenue crisis that fails to adequately provide funding for social services that Seattle residents rely on. Given the urgent threats of climate change, our inability to fund renewable energy, efficiency projects, and expansive transit is particularly irresponsible.
Washington State and Seattle currently face the threat of significant cuts in federal funding; this is a time for Seattle to act boldly and do everything in its power to resist Trump, protect our most vulnerable citizens, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I support a local tax on the unearned income of wealthy households. I hope you will support this measure and pass it without delay.