On Monday, the House released a budget that fully funds our collective bargaining agreements and makes investments in K-12 education and mental health. This stands in stark contrast to the Senate budget, which rejects our contracts and cuts vital public services.
The House budget is funded by a revenue package that also helps fix our broken tax code. The House proposes closing some corporate tax loopholes, supporting collection of sales tax on out-of-state online retailers, and creating an excise tax on capital gains (with broad exemptions for single-family homes and retirement accounts).
The choice is clear between a budget that rejects our contracts (including our COLAs, our increased vacation accrual, and the specific pay increases we negotiated) and a budget that fully funds our contracts and helps build a fairer tax code.
Call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your senator to adopt the House's budget, invest in Washington, and fully fund our contracts. Find your legislator here.
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Since 2013, the WPEA Executive Board has offered annual scholarships to WPEA members in good standing, and their families, including:
Many of you have received notice from your Human Resources Department informing you of yet another Public Disclosure Request for information pertaining to your job. WPEA is aware of this request. This latest request is very similar to the ones the state received last year. The request is seeking information about your job and your status as a public employee. We do not know what will be done with this information, but we fear it will not be to the benefit of public employees.