This is the last week in the 2022 session for House committees to consider House bills and Senate committees to consider Senate bills (except for budget related legislation). As a result, we have a few action items to address – please sign in PRO below using the provided links.
House Hearing on Dolly Parton Imagination Library Bill
Our Imagination Library bill (HB 2068) will be heard by the House Committee on Children, Youth and Families Monday afternoon. We have arranged for spoken testimony to explain this policy bill that would formalize the expansion currently being piloted by the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest. But we need more voices – it takes one minute to sign in to show your support. Please sign in “PRO” to support the bill right now using this link.
Technical Fixes Needed for Working Family Tax Credit Program
Starting in 2023, the Working Families Tax Credit program will provide payments ranging from $300 to $1,200 to low-to-moderate income individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. The Department of Revenue, which is implementing this program, has requested HB 2096 which would make necessary adjustments to the bill. Please sign in “PRO” right now to show your support for this bill.
Basic Income Trust Fund Hearing on February 1
The House Committee on Housing, Human Services and Veterans will take testimony February 1 on HB 2009 which would guarantee a basic amount paid to adult applicants whose gross income did not exceed 50 percent of area median income. This bill is likely too expensive to be adopted this year; however, it offers an opportunity to argue the case for Guaranteed Income Programs such as the one being piloted by the City of Tacoma and the United Way of Pierce County. You can submit written testimony here.