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Washington State Senate District 32

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    Jesse Salomon

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    Patricia Weber

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Please speak to ways that you could impact the problem of homelessness as a state legislator.

Please describe any legislation you would introduce or support to eliminate the imposition of religious policies on medical decisions by faith-based hospitals.

How could the education funding system be adjusted to continue to improve equity in public school, even in the event of a local levy failure?

What ideas do you have for working productively with your staff, colleagues and members of the public whose ideas are different from yours?

What changes, if any, to the Washington State redistricting process would you support?

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, what legislation would you support to strengthen or limit access to abortion in Washington State?

What legislation will you support to address the need for local responses to climate change including through the Comprehensive Plans mandated by the Growth Management Act?

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Party Preference Democratic Party
Phone (206) 670-8053
Experience (Max 500 characters) I received my BS and MD at the University of Kentucky, training in Pediatrics. I spent time throughout the country working as a replacement MD for the Indian Health Service in poorly served communities. For 30 years I have worked at Fircrest RHC, a state residential facility for those with intellectual and other disabilities, a misunderstood and underserved population. I am a member of the 32 LD Democrats and served as PCO for 10 years.
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 55027
Campaign Phone 206-670-8053
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Town where you live Shoreline
Homelessness happens when there are not sufficient affordable living units/houses to meet the demand. I believe affordable housing is a vital component of our state’s infrastructure and there must be a plan for wrap around services readily and locally available. We have a state constitution that authorizes a state building authority to build houses on land owned by the state and authorizes credit financing or bonding and there is the option of a state bank similar to that used during the Great Depression. PUDs are authorized by the constitution to use the revenue from the sale of their services to provide conservation improvements on what is called the naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) that is available without public subsidy. Housing advocates are in a struggle with private equity investors who are attempting to turn all NOAH stock into an “asset class” that will help the private market take control of this housing by using public funds to secure their “asset class".
I am a physician by training and profession and do not believe that religious organizations are qualified to practice medicine. I believe the legislature should require science rather than religious doctrines to set the medical standards and services provided by hospitals in our state that receive state funding such as Medicare, medicaid, etc. State funding enables Catholic hospitals to proselytize their religious ideology while using the the tax-payer dollars. I am looking for options to change this domination -of particular impact to women- using the state’s tax dollars including: require religious based hospitals to divest their ownership interests, implement stronger hospital merger regulations. I am also supporting Whole Washington’s Initiative 1471 establishing universal health care in our state. It will be owned and managed by the state, strictly secular, offering the full range of health care services.

The education funding system consists of state funding – a state property tax which cannot be touched by tax incentives, etc., which might diminish the state school fund, and local funding, a local property tax, [review your property tax statement] and local levies and bonds. When we are asked to “pass the bond”, we are agreeing to paying it back usually through “bond levies” The Constitution in Article 7, Section 1. Reads that The word property as used herein shall mean and include everything, whether tangible or intangible, shall be taxed at the same uniform rate. Intangible property (stocks, bonds, etc.) are not taxed even though they are the fastest growing portion of individual income. If one were to invest $100,000 in Wall Street, there would be no tax levied. But, if one were to invest that same $100,000 in a house, full property taxes would be levied against it. This is another untapped source of tax revenue.
The first thing is to seek to understand, to listen to them, to learn what their positions are and where we differ. Once a person, whether staff, colleagues or public, knows that an elected official is really trying to understand their position and is attempting to mediate with justice and fairness, collaboration can begin to develop. Determining what a “good” result would look like is a starting point. But if the goals are fundamentally different, it might be difficult to move forward. Sometimes people have to agree to disagree if the commonality cannot be found. We are in a time in our country that brings to mind the 1601 Elizabethan laws which brought about a significant change in the public policies of Old England. Care of the poor became the responsibility of the state rather than private charity. We are faced with something similar with the criminalization of homelessness in our own community. Finding common ground here is going to be difficult.
I am researching the policy implications of the current redistricting process and look forward to engaging in a full analysis. The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a state gerrymandering lawsuit Moore v Harper. This case is considered by legal scholars as perhaps the “gravest threat to American democracy since the January 6 attack. It involves the “independent state legislature doctrine” which holds that all state constitutional provisions that constrain state lawmakers ability to skew federal elections would cease to exist.” It impacts the power of state courts and governors to veto such legislation. I intend to spend a great deal of time informing myself of the details of this new threat to our democracy.
I believe in a woman’s right to make all the decisions about her own body. We need to ensure that our providers are sufficiently funded to meet the demand for reproductive health care. In the State of Washington we are in a position to take leadership in the struggle for justice and fairness for women’s reproductive health. In addition, we should become a sanctuary state, for starters. I would strengthen legislation to prohibit criminal charges against providers. Also to allow out of state providers the ability to set up part or full-time clinics at our borders, again with full legal protection.
I will support legislation to cut the use of fossil fuels and the move to non-polluting sources of energy. Electric buses would actually move more people than light rail and I would support the rapid expansion of those systems. Gas ranges should be assessed a prohibitive monthly fee in order to move people to induction ranges. Conservation measures should be mandated in each house and building – (insulation, etc). Everyone should be provided polar fleece clothing for cold weather and lots of sun screen when it is not. I think the comprehensive plans should mandate very little removal of trees and the immediate replacement of those that had to be temporarily cut. However, changing the Growth Management Laws to allow more urban density at the cost of losing the power of SEPA to regulate is not something I could support.