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|Ann Murphy, Lobby Team Chair||May 6, 2020|
Legislators are Planning for a Special Session –
Tell Them to Address Inequities
Given the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s economy, it is likely that the Legislature will be called into special session sometime this summer to make adjustments to the State’s budget. We are aware that conversations among legislators are already underway to prepare for that session, once it is called.
The League of Women Voters Lobby Team and Board would like to impact the legislators’ thinking in their pre-planning about how they can remediate some of the long-standing and undeniable racial and economic disparities that have become even more glaringly obvious during the COVID-19 crisis. Data in every state indicates that people of color have been significantly disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19, both in health and financially, and this is true in Washington as well. Additionally, people of color are more likely to lose their housing in the aftermath, joining the already disproportionately high ratio of people of color who are experiencing homelessness. Further, job losses will lead to problems assuring health care coverage.
The League has sent letters to the Legislature and the Governor asking that these matters be addressed. A copy of the letter sent to legislators can be seen here.
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