- 1/24/2012 – Gov. Gregoire’s statement on State of the Union address
- 1/24/2012 – Gov. Gregoire appoints Superior Court judge for King County
- 1/24/2012 – Governor asks DOR to grant filing extensions to businesses affected by severe winter storm
- 1/23/2012 – Gov. Gregoire announces tentative settlement between EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
- 1/19/2012 – Gov. Gregoire’s statement on support for marriage equality legislation
Just Romney’s 2010 return provides a striking look at our two tax systems: One for the very rich like Mitt Romney and one for everyone else.
Mitt Romney’s father George released 12 years of his taxes when he ran for president in 1968, stating, “One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.” Please sign our petition and help us put the pressure on Romney to follow his father’s example >> http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=110439&elq=be8507dedf30447ebc630e292456fb9e
Yesterday, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords officially resigned from Congress. In a deeply emotional ceremony, her dear friend Rep. Wasserman-Schultz read Gabby’s letter of resignation from the House floor.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
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Take a look inside the West Wing as the 2012 State of The Union Address is written
The President has been brainstorming with the speechwriters and huddling with the policy team. He’s come up with new ideas, rewritten language, and reordered pages. For President Obama, this isn’t simply an editing exercise. He’s invested in creating the State of the Union because he sees it as his opportunity to take his vision for the country to the American people directly.
A. I’m waiting until I’m elected president
B. My accountant isn’t available to release them
C. It’s not about my tax rate, it’s about the tax rate of the American people
D. “I want to make sure I beat Barack Obama“
If you guessed all of the above, you’re correct. Yesterday, Mitt dropped the excuses long enough to release one year’s worth. One year.
And he chose to release his tax returns on the same day President Obama gave the State of the Union and made the case for the Buffett Rule, which asks millionaires like Mitt to pay their fair share. The choice in this election couldn’t be clearer.
We think everyone should pay their fair share, including Mitt, and we don’t buy that one year of returns tells the whole story. It’s time for him to level with the American people.
Sign the petition to tell Mitt to release the rest of his tax returns.
You see, Mitt doesn’t think there’s a problem with what he pays, despite the fact that his disclosure yesterday revealed a previously hidden Swiss bank account that was shut down in 2010 after an adviser reportedly realized it was politically problematic.
Between the old Swiss bank account, the Cayman Islands investments, and other tax-minimizing tactics, he paid just 13.9 percent on the $22 million he made in 2010 — about half the rate most middle-class Americans pay. And under the tax plan he’d put in place as president, he’d pay even less.
But here’s the thing: We still don’t know what tax rate he’s paid in past years, or if he’s used tax loopholes that are only for the very wealthy, because he won’t share any more of his returns.
When Mitt’s own father, George Romney, ran for president in 1967, he released 12 years of returns, saying “One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.”
American voters deserve to know how he makes his money, where he invests it, and the larger story that tells about his values.
Tell Mitt it’s time to step up and release the rest of his tax returns:
Democratic National Committee
This month, while the Senate was in recess, I spent time traveling around the state listening to constituents talk about what matters most to them. Two weeks ago, I had the great honor of being hosted at the homes of two local families, one in Seattle and one in Marysville, for an opportunity to talk one on one with constituents around their kitchen table about the issues facing the unemployed. I heard from constituents like Natalie Simmons, a community college professor who talked about how critical unemployment insurance is for students in her job re-training program. Ms. Simmons has seen good students drop out of these training programs when their benefits ran out. I also heard from a constituent who relies on her unemployment insurance to pay for necessary health care treatment. It is stories like these that I take back to Washington, D.C. with me as I continue to fight to provide critical supports for middle class families through the end of the year. I will continue to stress the need to make sure unemployment benefits are continued for workers fighting to get back on the job in this tough economy.
“Sen. Murray meets in Marysville with families to discuss aid for unemployed”
– The Seattle Times
Fairchild First in Spokane
Two weeks ago, I joined Senator Cantwell, members of the Spokane community, and elected officials at Greater Spokane Incorporated to kickoff “ Fairchild First”, a statewide initiative to ensure that Fairchild Air Force Base becomes an early home to the next generation of aerial refueling tankers. I spoke about the important work that’s being done at Fairchild – both for the local community and for our nation’s national security. Fairchild has so much to offer the new fleet, and I look forward to continuing to engage the military throughout this process to ensure that Fairchild is considered.
Roundtable with Local Superintendents in Yakima, Early Learning Programs in Bremerton
I traveled to Yakima to tour Adams Elementary School and host a roundtable discussion with superintendents and other education stakeholders on local challenges and to discuss my ongoing efforts to reform and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to benefit schools throughout Washington state and nationwide. I will use the stories and suggestions I heard at Adams Elementary to bring local concerns to Washington, D.C, as I continue to work to reform the No Child Left Behind Act.
During the recess, I also traveled to Bremerton for a tour of Navel Avenue Early Learning Center, to host a second roundtable with educators, education advocates, and parents to highlight our state’s strong early learning programs and the recent Race to the Top grant award, which I fought for on behalf of early learning in the ESEA reauthorization.
Hearing from Veterans in Yakima
While I was in Yakima, I also had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion with local veterans. It was a great chance to hear firsthand stories and concerns from our nation’s heroes. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I will continue to work on behalf of these brave men and women, to make sure they are getting the care they deserve after serving our country.
“U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visits Yakima veterans, educators” – Yakima Herald
|Hi Carmen,Toys ‘R’ Us is a kid’s playground. But sadly, it could be enabling the government of Uzbekistan to strip the childhoods of its kids by making them pick the cottonthat makes it into toys and clothes.Tell Toys ‘R’ Us to only use responsibly sourced cotton »
Uzbekistan is the third largest cotton exporter in the world. But instead of using machinery to harvest the cotton, the government forces tens of thousands of children to leave school for the cotton fields every year. For their back-breaking labor they get a pittance of pay while the government pockets most of the profits.
More than 70 of the world’s largest retail and apparel brands have taken a stand against child and slave labor by enacting policies to prohibit the use of Uzbekistan cotton in their products. But Toys ‘R’ Us not only has no such policy, it hasn’t even addressed the issue.
One child shouldn’t have to suffer factory work so another can get a teddy bear or a new outfit. Urge Toys ‘R’ Us to ban suppliers from sourcing Uzbek cotton to help end child labor »
Tell Congress: Make Millionaires and Corporations Pay Their Fair Share
In his State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized a vital point: that unfair, and even counter-productive, tax breaks for corporations and the very wealthy shortchange needed investments for women and their families.
Instead of showering tax breaks on the wealthy, the oil and gas industry and on corporations that ship American jobs overseas, Congress needs to:
Protect vital programs: Women and their families depend on federal programs to protect their health, get quality child care, attend college, and meet their basic needs during difficult times and as they age. We need to protect vital programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, child care, Head Start, and Food Stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Create jobs: Unemployment remains painfully high, and while job growth has started to pick up, millions of women and men are still struggling to find jobs. We must extend federal emergency unemployment benefits to help people who are hurting now and invest in programs that put women and men back to work.
Middle-class and low-income families have already sacrificed enough. Budget deals have already scheduled $2 trillion in cuts to federal programs over the next decade that are important to everyday Americans. But they don’t touch a penny of the tax breaks enjoyed by millionaire CEOs and booming industries like Big Oil. Congress should close tax loopholes and require millionaires, billionaires and large corporations to contribute to getting our economy back on track.
Tell your Members of Congress to make millionaires and corporations pay their fair share, to protect vital programs and to create jobs for the millions of struggling Americans who need them.
Thank you for your help today, and for everything you do to help women and their families.
Vice President, Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center