*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - 3/14, MORNING EDITION *** Wendi Lindquist
Does anyone remember back when you actually had to MEMORIZE telephone numbers? I can still remember my childhood best friend’s number, but since my parents moved last year I have no clue what their area code is…and they live in the same state. Fortunately for all of us, once you look up a number, like for your rep in Olympia or DC (see what I did there?), you can save it for future use. Which is great, cause this morning it’s time to call (or write if that’s more your thing) ALL OF THE PEOPLE. Just kidding, just a couple of politicians. I promise.
1. Call for Carbon Tax There is a hearing TODAY (Tues) at 1:30pm for HB 1646, a carbon tax bill proposed by the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. (numbers below)
Call your state house rep & the environment committee (listed in the comments) this morning to and let them know that HB 1646 deserves support.
- The carbon tax funds essential programs to combat climate change, including clean energy projects, emissions reductions projects, and healthy aquatic ecosystems and forests to absorb CO2.
- Carbon tax funds will also go to disproportionately impacted communities and workers to address climate justice.
There is one caveat:
- The targets of emissions reductions in this bill calculate out to 450 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere by end of the century, but the best available climate science says we need to get down to 350ppm to avoid catastrophic sea rises, famine, drought and all that terribleness.
- Right now we have over 400 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere and we are seeing coral reefs dying, forests withering, droughts, famine, fires, crop failures and sea levels rising.
For more info, curl up with 350 Seattle's position paper: http://350seattle.org/legislation/
2. Call for Health Care The American Health Care Act (or the RIP--Republican Insurance Plan) would prove disastrous for many vulnerable American citizens, particularly the low-income individuals and children, who depend on it for their health care needs. Medicaid covers 68 million people nationwide, including 30 million children. In Washington state alone, 677,000 children rely on Medicaid to pay for pediatrician’s visits and vaccinations.
Unfortunately, the program could find itself gutted if the AHCA passes in its current form. Under the propsed bill, payments would now be made on a per capita basis, without regard for how much health care costs in a specific state.
Read up on the bill’s impact on Medicaid: http://dpo.st/2n3QOOL
Please call and/or write your own legislators and encourage them to vote "no" on the bill it its current form. Tell them we need a rewrite of the bill in order to preserve Medicaid access for the people—especially children--who need it. Looking for some talking points? Read this article: http://nyti.ms/2mfHtQU
Organizations that advocate for the elderly, such as AARP, and disability rights organizations, such as the National Disability Rights Network, strongly oppose the bill, and they would love to have your help in this fight. Please consider donating or volunteering at one of these orgs.
We know that Republican lawmakers have been feeling the heat across the country. Town hall meetings are a great way to make sure that legislators hear your concerns. If you'd like to make sure your voice is heard, please consider attending a town hall meeting near you. A list upcoming town halls hosted by Washington state Democrats can be found here: http://bit.ly/2nySAUx
We urge you to call state Republicans and encourage them to be accountable to their constituents. Relevant contact info can be found here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/WA
3. Call to Support WA Atty General We're hearing that Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office gets lots of angry calls every time they take a stand. Let's thank everyone in that office for pushing back on the immigration orders and keeping Washington state’s interests at heart.
The main number is 360-753-6200, but you can visit this website (http://www.atg.wa.gov/Contact-us) for a full list of ways to reach out.
WA STATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Peterson, Strom (D-21) Vice Chair, (360) 786-7950
Shea, Matt (R-4) Ranking Minority Member, (360) 786-7984
Short, Shelly (R-7) Asst Ranking Minority Member, (360) 786-7908
Dye, Mary (R-9), (360) 786-7942
Fey, Jake (D-27), (360) 786-7974
Kagi, Ruth (D-32), (360) 786-7910
McBride, Joan (D-48), (360) 786-7848
Taylor, David (R-15), (360) 786-7874
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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