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In this news roundup, Washington state budget is approved, the community responds to Charleena Lyles’ shooting and the city council approves an income tax

July 14, 2017

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation.  Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally.  We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving.  Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.


In Nick of Time, Legislature Approves Budget
The Washington legislature approved a last minute budget, avoiding shutdown. The budget addresses the McCleary court decision and represents a major change in education funding, particularly in how property taxes are levied for schools.

Seattle Council Unanimously Votes to Tax the Rich, but the Legal Fight is Just Beginning
The new income tax would effectively impose a tax of 2.25% on every dollar earned above $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for joint filers. The revenue would go towards public services, green jobs and carbon reduction goals, and replacing federal funding. Legal challenges to the bill are expected.

The Strengths and Weaknesses of New Study on Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increases
A new report from the University of Washington contradicts an earlier study from Berkeley, indicating that the minimum wage law has led to a decrease in employment. While the study is not conclusive, it may suggest that some localities may be reaching the limits of beneficial minimum wage increases.


Climate Change-Poverty-Migration: The New, Inhuman ‘Bermuda Triangle’
The United Nations finds that since 2008 one person has been displaced every second by climate and weather disasters -- an average of 26 million a year.

War and Violence Drive 80% of People Fleeing to Europe by Sea, not Economics
A new report finds that the vast majority of refugees arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine rather than migrating for economic reasons.

Health and Wellness

The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights
As Congress debates healthcare, The Atlantic breaks down how the fight for racial equity has always intersected with the fight for access to health care.

Vibrant Communities

Seattle Area Reacts to the Supreme Court’s Revival of Trump’s Travel Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court decided to revive parts of the travel ban on refugees and six Muslim-majority countries, leading to criticism from many Washington-based organizations and politicians.

Charleena Lyles’ Family Demands Police Reform at Seattle Public Forum

A Kane Hall public forum on the death of Charleena Lyles, who was shot by police at her home earlier this month, prioritized the voices of the victim’s family and women of color.


On Philanthropy: Women’s Voices Ring Clear in World of Philanthropy
A new study finds that women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts and are more spontaneous, engaged and empathetic in their giving.

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