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Building Momentum Series: Deep Dive into the Housing Trust Fund, Progressive Revenue, and Key Budget Asks for 2021! - Shared screen with speaker view
Michele Thomas
16:55
Welcome everyone!
Debora Munguia
18:54
Hey Michele!
Mike Mathias
35:13
Doesn't the Fair Chance Housing Act already prevent landlords from discriminating based on criminal history?
Mary Zhou
39:06
Mike - the Fair Chance ordinance covers Seattle only, we’re working on statewide legislation
Mary Zhou
44:52
State budget documents: http://leap.leg.wa.gov
Susan Cozzens
48:33
Did the funding last year survive the line item vetoes?
Michele Thomas
01:04:36
Good question Susan! Yes, the Housing Trust Fund funding was not vetoed by the Governor and the Department of Commerce has already been working hard to get those dollars out the door.
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
01:05:51
I've heard Tedd at DOC say the state housing deficit is around 110,000 homes (or over two years of 50k/year home construction). So why is the housing trust fund ask only for enough funds for 6,000 homes?
Mary Zhou
01:06:52
Guide to WA state tax structure: https://leg.wa.gov/LIC/Documents/EducationAndInformation/Guide%20to%20WA%20State%20Tax%20Structure.pdf
Michele Thomas
01:07:21
Good question Lindsey - the Housing Trust Fund is critical but can’t solve the problem alone, given the lack of capacity of the state’s Capital Budget. We need the federal government and local governments to also play a big part.
I B
01:08:11
Thank you for adding these charts!
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
01:08:14
thanks Michelle.
Mary Zhou
01:09:20
Link to charts: https://itep.org/whopays/washington/
I B
01:14:24
Will we be advocating for a different tax structure as part of our 2021 legislative agenda or is this for context?
Michele Thomas
01:14:42
We will be! It is a lead agenda item!
I B
01:14:51
Awesome!!!!
Michele Thomas
01:17:36
Interested in getting into the weeds on the state’s revenue forecast? You can find more information here: https://erfc.wa.gov/
Joe Ader
01:23:12
Will you share this video and these links you are posting in a followup email?
Mary Zhou
01:24:27
Hi Joe, yes this recording and the full powerpoint presentation will be shared in a followup email!
Michele Thomas
01:24:32
Yes, we will share the powerpoint - and good suggestion on sharing the links as well!
Tom Geary
01:26:14
Did anyone who is advocating changes to the WA tax system look at other states' funding systems?
Mary Zhou
01:26:46
To get connected: https://balanceourtaxcode.com/
Martha Maier (she/her)
01:27:04
About how many legislators have shown commitment/interest in working on progressive revenue?
Michele Thomas
01:29:45
Good question Martha - not enough. The issue hasn’t made enough progress because of not having enough votes. Advocacy is needed to push lawmakers next session - now is the time.
Tom Geary
01:38:15
Would the O&M money go to landlords to fund this maintenance? Or is some other entity going to use this money?
John Zoshak (He/Him)
01:47:12
Q for Q&A Time: How do bills like SB 6536 factor into this work? (re: single family zoning)
Robin Koskey
01:50:30
I need to jump off in a moment, but I just wanted to say a special thank you to John for doing such a nice job outlining the technical revenue issues so eloquently. And as always to you for sharing your knowledge, Michele.
Mary Zhou
01:55:20
Sign up today and pledge to advocate for Housing Trust Fund, Progressive Revenue, Document Recording Fee, and other housing and homelessness priorities! ​https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021AdvocatesSignUp​Do you have a housing-related story to share? Connect with us here!​https://forms.gle/JV88NRvhuymVDTSW6 ​Are you a nonprofit board member or local elected official? Pass a resolution to support progressive revenue! ​https://bit.ly/2Z2u9mQ​Join the Balance Our Tax Code Coalition! https://www.balanceourtaxcode.com/
Michele Thomas
01:56:18
Tom: O&M funds would go to nonprofit landlords who provide affordable housing
Mary Zhou
01:57:07
Visit this page to register for the next webinars in the series!​https://bit.ly/2HVwyuH
Michele Thomas
01:57:11
John: SB 6536 is an important conversation about housing type and the zoning restrictions that prevent housing other than single family from being built. But a focus needs to be paid to affordable housing, not just building type
John Zoshak (He/Him)
01:59:18
Thank you Michele!
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
01:59:24
Thank you!
Sarah Cohn
01:59:45
Michele and John y’all are a great training team :) this was really good info
Mary Zhou
01:59:47
Contact Michele and John with questions and to get involved! ​​Michele Thomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy She/Hers​MicheleT@wliha.org​​John Stovall, Member Organizer, He/Him ​JohnS@wliha.org
Liz Mills, EHSF
02:02:22
Thank you for your leadership!
John Zoshak (He/Him)
02:02:29
Oh yeah I'm ready :)