Updated Progressive Revenue Calendar
The Select Budget Committee continues deliberations on progressive revenue and the 2020 budget rebalancing package in July, with a few updates to the calendar. This Wednesday, tomorrow, we plan to hear amendments and possibly vote on the progressive revenue package bills. Given possible amendments to the revenue bill could change the total amount of funding available, once the revenue bill total amount is finalized, the following week we plan to reintroduce the text of the Spend Plan as a resolution to consider amendments and specific allotments for each year. This process is similar to what we’ve done in the past, for example on the Families and Education Levy, where we followed-up with a resolution detailing specific spending allocations. The resolution will be introduced on July 13th with the original text from the JumpStart Spend Plan so amendments can be made to the language as introduced. Most importantly, this will allow sufficient time for our Council Central Staff to draft possible spend plan amendments for our deliberations on July 15th.
I greatly appreciate the work of our Central Staff team, who have been working around the clock, and all of you for your engagement on this effort as we seek to realize progressive revenue in Seattle.
Lifting Up the Green New Deal in JumpStart
The Jumpstart Seattle plan reiterates Seattle’s commitment to Green New Deal goals and priorities and advances a Green New Deal agenda through investments in energy efficient and green affordable housing, strong labor standards, and Green New Deal oversight.
One of the most important ways to combat climate change and advance health equity is to create more affordable housing near transit, good jobs, and services—and by building that housing with green standards, we can make our housing, healthy, and climate equity investments go even further. JumpStart provides funding to not only scale up our investments in affordable housing in Seattle so that folks can access their jobs, social services, schools, and get around their communities without having to make long, costly, physically draining, and polluting commutes—it also provides funding for infrastructure, maintenance, retrofitting, and energy efficiency upgrades to support deep green building and decarbonization of the affordable housing that will be created through this plan.
As we make investments in affordable, energy efficient housing, we must also ensure that we are advancing strong labor standards to create good jobs through these investments. JumpStart affordable housing investments include strong labor equity outcomes like prevailing wage, apprenticeship utilization, and WMBE employment. The JumpStart plan draws from the "K Site" pilot project with an affordable housing and labor partnership on publicly-owned land (woohoo!) at 2nd & Mercer that includes Permanent Supportive Housing, art space, & the strongest labor standards ever for Seattle’s housing investments.
The role of the Green New Deal Oversight Board, established by the City Council last year, is to make sure the city's on track to a just transition, and to advise on how we get there. The JumpStart legislation codifies their leadership on this plan by including a requirement for the Green New Deal Oversight Board to be a part of monitoring and annual reporting to Council to ensure that Green New Deal priorities and goals are incorporated every step of the way.
Read more about Green New Deal in the JumpStart plan here. We are working on more ways to strengthen and lift up the Green New Deal components of the JumpStart Spend Plan—stay tuned for updates!