All In for Washington
A regional initiative of IAF Washington - uniting the Spokane and Sound Alliances - the Budget and Policy Center, and other statewide allies, All In For Washington aims to engage 6,000 Washington state residents to make a collective judgement on financing for government services such as K-12 education, higher education, physical and mental health care, public safety, and the social safety net.
In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that could make life significantly better or worse for children and families across Washington State. In a case called McCleary vs. State of Washington the Court found that the State Legislature was violating the constitutional rights of Washington’s school children by denying them the basic education promised to them through a lack of funding. The Court has imposed a $100,000 per day fine on the Legislature for every day that these rights continue to be violated.
This has significant implications for every person in our State: Will our Legislature decide to take funding away that sustain other services, in order to meet the court’s mandate? Will the legislature approve new revenue sources which would allow funding for education to increase without decreasing funding for other services? What do Washington’s citizens actually want the Legislature to do?
The All In For Washington campaign will open the dialogue on revenue and budget reform by: listening to Sound Alliance members to understand how the state budget affects our families, our neighborhood and our cities; meeting with local experts and people directly affected by problems to learn more about what is happening and what solutions might help; and making judgments about which potential solutions both fit with our values and are politically feasible. We will then engage our elected officials in candidate forums and throughout the legislative session to share what we’ve learned and to work together to resolve this situation.
To get involved, contact Ada Lin, All in For Washington Research Action Team Co-Chair.
ALL IN FOR WASHINGTON NEWS:
March 2017 -- The last couple of weeks have been busy for Sound Alliance members as they participated in five town hall events, asking questions on how our state legislators plan to flip our upside-down tax code and ensure our communities can thrive by fully funding public education without cutting critical health and social services. The good news is that Representatives in the House seem to be listening.
Time to turn out! All are welcome to attend. Agenda to include: Planning and action around the state budget and flipping our upside-down tax code; Local school initiatives related to job pathways and supporting second language learners; Follow-up on our campaign to stop unnecessary immigrant deportations.
Sound - Public Education and State Revenue Town Hall with legislators from the 30th and 31st districts
Sound Alliance has joined with educators from the Federal Way Education Association and the Puget Sound Uniserv in hosting a town hall with legislators from the 30th (Federal Way) and the 31st (Auburn, Sumner, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Buckley, South Prairie) districts. Our issues: - Fully fund public education as established by the McCleary decision without taking funds away from social services, higher education, mental health, etc. - Increase state revenue by cleaning up our upside down state tax code. - Protect public workers' bargaining rights.
All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. Sound Alliance leaders spent months listening to members of our institutions, discovering how the upcoming state budget discussion on investments in education, healthcare, and other services would affect our families. Based on these discussions, we decided what we want our legislators to do. Now, a team of Sound Alliance leaders has formed to move this agenda forward and take ACTION. Join the team, or just come check out a meeting, and help work for a Washington where all of us can thrive, not just the wealthy.
The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.
Come join us for an Action Assembly in the Kent area! Out meeting agenda will include sharing stories of vital services that are funded by our state's budget and revenue system, asking Senator Joe Fain to meet with us to discuss options that will meet our community's needs, and talking with school board members about our vision for Kent schools.
Can diverse organizations work together? Can they find common ground? Will their members support each other? Come find out at the Sound Alliance Northeast Seattle Action Assembly. The agenda will include meeting with State legislators from the 46th district about changing our state's budget and revenue system to sustain critical services, and meeting with Seattle school board members to discuss increasing physical education time.
June, 2016 -- As the Sound Alliance we want to understand how our member institution’s top issues of concern could be affected by the negotiations our legislators will have in Spring 2017 about funding basic education and other services in our state. This Spring, Alliance leaders have been busy doing research actions with experts in each field with the goal of developing one hour long workshops that will show how these negotiations will affect each issue of concern to our community.
Washington State has a unique history when it comes to access to mental health services. But most citizens do not know the story. What lessons can we learn from the history of our own community? What do we want to see happen in the future?
What can we do to ensure thriving communities in Pierce County? Conversations on the connection between thriving Pierce County communities and our state’s budget.
February, 2016 -- At a standing-room only Action Assembly on February 20 at the University of Washington, 130 Sound Alliance members and allies demonstrated that everyone has a role to play when it comes to important decisions about how to fund the state services we rely on. As part of the All In For Washington campaign, which aims to make Washington’s budget fairer, leaders told stories demonstrating the impact on their lives when there is no money for essential state services and programs.
"Standing Together on Homelessness and Other Issues that are Connected at the State Level". Come show your support for working with state legislators to ensure thriving communities!