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Councilmember González’s Statement on the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) Repeal Proposal

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement in response to the Employee Hours Tax (EHT) repeal proposal: “Our tax system is upside down, placing the burden on low-income and middle-class households to pay a disproportionate share of taxes — as compared to corporations — to fund basic human needs.  That is […]

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Council Sponsors of Proposed Progressive Tax on Business Respond to Seattle “Construction Pause”

Councilmembers M. Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Teresa Mosqueda and Mike O’Brien issued the following statement in response to the “construction pause” announced earlier today: “Collectively we – the primary sponsors of the business tax currently being discussed in Council –  represent 750,000 people who call Seattle home. “Under our plan, called the Progressive Tax on […]

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Seattle City Council Confirms Lisa A. Judge as Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), as Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education committee, together with her City Council colleagues, voted 7-to-1 today to approve the appointment of Lisa A. Judge as the City of Seattle’s first Inspector General for Public Safety (IG) during its regularly scheduled Full Council […]

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Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety Confirmed

Monday’s Vote Will Formalize Nomination of Lisa A. Judge   Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), as Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education committee, together with her committee colleagues, voted unanimously in support of the nomination and appointment of Lisa A. Judge as the City of Seattle’s first Inspector […]

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Seattle City Council Proposes a Progressive Tax on Business

Task Force Co-Chairs González, Herbold Explain Details of Legislation Intended to Help Seattle Structurally Address Homelessness   Seattle, WA — Following more than four months of deliberation and stakeholder engagement, Council introduced legislation and a companion spending plan resolution today outlining the details of a progressive tax on business, which would generate additional revenue necessary […]

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Councilmember González, Search Committee Nominate Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), along with members of the Office of Inspector General Search Committee, announced the nomination of Lisa A. Judge to be the City of Seattle’s first Inspector General for Public Safety (IG). The Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) was created by the full Council in […]

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Progressive Revenue Task Force Issues Final Recommendations

The Progressive Revenue Task Force (PRTF) released its final report today with the unanimous consent of its 17 members. The City Council formed the PRTF to explore potential new progressive revenue options including an employee hours’ tax (EHT) and to identify potential investments that address Seattle’s homelessness State of Emergency. The PRTF members highlighted the […]

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Councilmember González: City’s Free Immigration Workshop Promotes Inclusivity, Safety

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Citywide, Pos. 9), Chair of the City Council’s New Americans Committee, issued the following statement related to the Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs’ immigration “mega workshop” that the City of Seattle funds to provide free legal assistance to immigrants and refugees seeking to become U.S. Citizens as well as […]

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Councilmembers’ Statement on School Bus Strike Tomorrow

Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda, Rob Johnson and Lorena González issued the following statement regarding the school bus driver strike set to begin tomorrow: “The people who safely transport our kiddos in Seattle to public schools deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This must begin with a decent contract with First Student. We stand in […]

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Councilmember González’s Statement on AG Sessions’ Threat to Subpoena King County’s Records

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to subpoena King County’s records relating to immigration status: “As the Chair of the Seattle City Council’s committee responsible for public safety and immigration policy, […]

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