Jobs Created in the State of Washington Archives

Thank you from Lisa Brown

Thank you to the more than 100 people (from Palouse to Green Bluff) who came out to share their congressional priorities with me at our Community Forum in Spokane Valley Wednesday evening.

I heard from veterans, health care providers, grandparents, new citizens, and people who said this is the first time they have gotten involved in politics.


The Spokesman-Review covered the Forum – noting that many people wanted to hear from me about the Republican tax bill that had just passed.

“The fundamental reality of this bill is that 83 percent of the benefits go to the top 1 percent, and I don’t see that as pro-most families,” Brown said. “And I don’t see it as a pro-economy either.”

Brown, a former lawmaker and WSU chancellor, dubbed the bill “a missed opportunity.”

“There’s very little disagreement about this bill and the national debt – it will dramatically increase it,” Brown said.

In addition to stating concerns about the tax bill, the crowd reiterated a hunger for straight talk, collaboration, and practical problem-solving – instead of talking points written in Washington, DC, partisanship, and policy that rewards donors and special interests.

Many people also wanted to know how to get involved. Please sign up to volunteer on the website, follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and reach out to your circles of friends, family, and neighbors – to talk about this campaign and the kind of representation you want in Congress.

I’m ready to represent the priorities of eastern Washington in Congress. Donate here to support my campaign.

Warm wishes this holiday season,
Lisa

The South is Becoming More Progressive

Everyone is talking about the role Black voters, and especially Black women, played in this week’s stunning victory for Doug Jones. It’s time to do more than talk about it. It’s time to go all in to support Black voters, candidates, and campaigners across the South in 2018 — leaders like Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

Here’s why. The deep South has many nicknames such as “redneck country,” “the bible belt,” “klan country,” and so many other misnomers that only consider the South’s rabid history of racism and white supremacy. But it’s also my home! Because of the white supremacist history and slow progress, progressives often view the South as worse than states like California and New York, even though racism and white supremacy are strong in those coastal states too. We in the South are ultimately forgotten and left behind.

Growing up as a little black girl in Philadelphia, Mississippi, my mama made a point to educate me about the strength and persistence of the many civil rights leaders from the south, including my cousin, Fannie Lou Hamer. I embarked on my own organizing career following college, and made the decision to return to my home state with organizing, movement building, and revolution in mind.

I was also aware of the attitude towards people like me: Black women.I knew that no matter how many degrees I accomplished or how knowledgeable I am about any subject, I would always be perceived as not knowing enough, and I’m not alone.I am one of many on a mission to transform the deep South, and exercise the rights so many of our ancestors fought to protect.

Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are on the same mission right now in Georgia and Florida. Will you stand with me on this mission — and support two amazing Black candidates for governor? Chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

Black progressive voters have been overlooked and left behind by big national organizations and funders with resources that could help propel the South toward a progressive future. Perceived abandonment of Southern Black voters by alleged allies has forced action in a way this country has never seen.

We witnessed Black women show up in droves to secure the election of Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, continuing to erase the norm of racism and white supremacy from Southern politics. This was not the first time, as Black voters have shown up to vote for a change in a slew of Southern cities at a growing rate.

History was made in Alabama just last year, as nine Black women were elected to critical judicial positions in Jefferson County. Aramis Ayala is another Black woman trailblazer elected in 2016 to serve as the chief prosecutor of the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida. This year, the movement continued as Randall Woodfin, a young progressive Black man, was elected as Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. Transformative leadership is blazing through the South as Chokwe Lumumba, one of the most progressive candidates Mississippi has ever seen, was elected as Mayor of Jackson earlier this year.

Most recently, we witnessed LaToya Cantrell become the first Black woman Mayor of New Orleans. Cycle after cycle, Black women have shown up at the ballot box to ensure change not only in policy, but also in representation. We are at a pivotal time in American history, where we have the pen to rewrite the wrongs of racist leadership. This movement, led by Black voters and their perseverance, can continue through electing more Black leaders like Andrew Gillum, candidate for Governor of Florida, and Stacey Abrams, candidate for Governor of Georgia.

Governor is one of the most revered positions in a Southern state, but historically out of reach for a Black woman or man. Once elected, Andrew Gillum would become the first Black governor in Florida’s history — and Stacey Abrams will become the first Black woman governor ever elected in the country, continuing this movement of hope in leadership. Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams are the next phase of this transformative movement as trailblazers for real change, democracy, and equity. They are the faces of change in the South the world needs to see. As a Black woman, devoting my career to change in the South took little thought, and supporting Black voters takes little thought when we represent the change so desperately needed in this country. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer: “I don’t want to hear you say, ‘Honey, I’m behind you.’ Well, move. I don’t want you back there because you could be two hundred miles behind. I want you to say, ‘I’m with you’, and we’ll go up this freedom road together.”

Support Black voters and Black leadership! Help DFA elect Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum in 2018. Thank you for helping elect these amazing leaders.- Jessica Jessica Carter, Organizing Manager and Mississippi resident.
–Democracy for America

Fighting for the working class is not always easy.  It is especially hard when you are up against the Koch Brothers, oil companies, and tea party leaders.  These are the special interests that are donating money to Jay Inslee’s opponent.  That is right.  Koch Brother-affiliated donors, Tea Party Star Jim Bruning, and Tesoro oil company are donating big money to Rob McKenna, and McKenna is loving it.

Who’s Donating Big Money to Rob McKenna?

But it’s not just a big dollar amount. Who’s behind his fundraising says a lot about who McKenna is, and who he’d be as governor. Check out where some of his money is coming from:

– $10,000 from Koch Brother-affiliated donors, including $6,400 from one of the donors to the Koch Brothers’ infamous $1 Million Donor Club.

– $3,200 from the “Tea Party Star,” and the Nebraska Attorney General Jim Bruning — he was endorsed by Citizens United (yes, that Citizens United, which is undermining our Democracy by supporter corporations over people.)

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– $1,600 from Tesoro Companies, Inc., an oil refinery company that was fined $2.3 million in 2010 for the explosion at its Anacortes refinery that killed seven workers.

– Raised money with conservative, anti-choice advocate, VA Governor Bob McDonnell — the man who pushed legislation to subject women to invasive transvaginal ultrasounds before they can exercise their constitutionally protected right to choose. After political pressure, he backed away from the bill.

– And on June 4, McKenna’s raising money in Texas with TX Attorney General Greg Abbott — who sued the EPA calling greenhouse gas regulations “unlawful.” Tesoro (see above) is a main sponsor.That’s who’s backing “moderate” Republican Rob McKenna.

We need you to be one of the people making sure we elect Jay Inslee as Washington’s next governor.

Thanks to IndieWire for the Koch Brothers graphics

Tomorrow is the end of this months’ C4 reporting period for Washington State race, and both candidates are racing towards it to raise as much cash as they can.  The candidates have until next Monday to report their deposits.  Below is a fundraising email from Inslee.

Currently, Democrat Jay Inslee has a lead over McKenna.  Jay Inslee last reported $5,361,805.95 a week ago. McKenna last reported $4,653,757.37 also a week ago.

Although I have not checked, I suspect that more of Jay’s donations are from small donors and individuals.  Republicans tend to get more PAC and special interest contributions.

We knew from day one that this would be a competitive race. We knew my opponent would have a cadre of special interest groups ready to watch his back.

My opponent’s announcement yesterday that he is on pace to raise over $850,000 just this month makes it that much clearer — we have to stand united to ensure our voices aren’t drowned out by a flood of special interest cash.

That’s why I need your help to reach our fundraising targets before tomorrow’s midnight fundraising deadline.

Will you contribute $3 to help us stand strong before the deadline?

Reports like the one yesterday are not surprising, but they are a reminder that the only way we will win this race is if folks like you stand up and take ownership of this campaign — brick by brick.

I’m proud of what we’ve already accomplished building this grassroots campaign together. I’m even more proud of what I know we can accomplish together over time: building a Washington that works better for every Washington family.

But to do that we must not be overwhelmed by this avalanche of special interest cash. Help give our campaign the resources we need to compete by contributing $3 now!

I have tremendous faith in our community’s ability to meet any challenge, and I will work every day to earn the faith you have put in me and in this campaign.

Thank you for your generous support, today and every day.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

 

PDF version: Inslee end of May fundraising email

Anacortes Jobs: Building a Working Anacortes

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Jobs will be a priority for Jay Inslee as Governor.  Actually, Jay has already been creating Anacortes jobs and boosting employment elsewhere in the State of Washington through the Stimulus Act of 2009.  Funding from the Stimulus Act gave a $2 million grant to AltAir Fuels to build a biofuels production plant in Anacortes.

Anacortes Jobs from AltAir Biofuels Project

The AltAir and Rentech biofuels project in Anacortes will stimulate the creation of 477 temporary and permanent jobs in Skagit and King County.  These include:

  • 350 engineering and construction jobs,
  • 20 permanent jobs in operations and maintenance,
  • 107 permanent and seasonal agricultural jobs.

We can expect many more jobs in Anacortes to be indirectly created.   These workers will need places to live, which will drive job creation in the home building sector of the economy.  They will also need places to shop and recreate, which will create more jobs locally in Skagit and King County.  (Update:  Additional coverage of the AltAir biofuel facility can be found at the Olympia Report and there is more information on biofuels at xconomy.com).

 Jobs Creation in the State of Washington

Tens of thousands of jobs were also created in the State of Washington as a whole.  In addition to jobs in Anacortes, the Stimulus Bill helped boost Washington Employment, such as in Liberty Lake.  Specifically, the stimulus bill helped put Washington and the rest of the county to work at

  • Fixing thousands of miles of roads
  • Constructing wireless and broadband infrastructure
  • Building flood prevention projects
  • Cleaning up toxic waste materials sites

In the state of Washington, the Stimulus Bill also helped employ thousands of

  • Firefighters
  • Teachers
  • Police officers
  • And other professionals

Jobs Creation Nation-Wide

The Stimulus bill created over 1.5 million jobs nation-wide (Federal Reserve, 2010).  “One year after the stimulus, several independent macroeconomic firms, including Moody’s and IHS Global Insight, estimated that the stimulus saved or created 1.6 to 1.8 million jobs nation-wide and forecast that a total 2.5 million jobs would be saved or created by the time the stimulus is completed

Other economists have arrived at even more positive conclusions about the Act’s effects on jobs. Economist Dan Wilson of the Federal Reserve estimates that “ARRA spending created or saved about 2 million jobs in its first year and over 3 million by March 2011.”

Also, you should see candidate Jay Inslee’s nicely thought out strategy to create a “Working Washington” and the web page Recovery.wa.gov for more information.

 

Building a Working Liberty Lake

We have watch him “walk the talk” for years.  Jay has already help boost Liberty Lake jobs and employment elsewhere in Spokane County through the Stimulus Bill that he supported as a Congressman.

Liberty Lake Jobs Created

The Demand Energy project in Liberty Lake will create and retain about 90 jobs in Liberty Lake of Spokane County.  As part of the Stimulus Package, Demand Energy received a $1.5 million grant to manufacture energy storage devices for on-site users of electricity.  These are used to store electricity during times of the day when there is an overabundant supply of electricity from our power grid for use when there is greater demand for electricity.  This is particularly useful for renewable energy from wind farms, for example, and boosting jobs in Liberty Lake.

A “veteran team of Spokane-area” corporate executives and entrepreneurs from utility, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries began making deliveries of energy-storage units in fall 2011.  The Company has commitments from customers from New York to China that will help increase Liberty Lake jobs, stated the Spokane based Journal of Business.

Jobs Created by Stimulus Act

The 2009 Stimulus Act played a vital role in jump-starting this local business and boosting Liberty Lake jobs and in Anacortes and elsewhere.  The Act has created over 1.5 million jobs nation-wide, according to Moody’s Economy.com and IHS Global Insight.

Tens of thousands of these jobs helped boost Washington Employment.  The stimulus bill helped put Washington to work at

  • Constructing wireless and broadband infrastructure
  • Repairing thousands of miles of roads
  • Cleaning up toxic waste sites
  • Building flood prevention projects

In the state of Washington, the Stimulus Bill also helped employ thousands of

  • Teachers
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • And other professionals

Also, please see Jay Inslee’s detailed plan to create a “Working Washington” and the website Recovery.wa.gov.

http://www.ournextgovernor.org/anacortes-jobs-jay-inslee/

Video: Jay Inslee — Building a Working Washington

Here is a video of Congressman Jay Inslee announcing his candidacy for Washington Governor. This was recorded in July of 2011.  Even though it is not very new, it is still very much worth watching. Also, please take a look at Jay’s plan to build a working Washington and increase Washington Employment.

Many people say that there is not any difference between Democrats and Republicans. Well . . . they need to look a bit closer. Democrats, like Jay Inslee, tend to prioritize good jobs for the working class. Republicans prioritize corporate earnings, stock market returns, creating tax loop holes for Corporations. All of these latter are not always bad, but they should never be the end goal in themselves. Well paying jobs for the working class always should be.

Jay grew up in a working class family, and he has worked many different jobs across Washington. He has been employed as a construction worker, painter, bulldozer operator, and teaching community college before he entered his law career and eventually he was elected to public service and has focused on boosting Washington employment.

Jay is the only person in my book for the next Washington Governor and we need him to help us build a “working Washington”.  His assistance creating Jobs in Liberty Lake through his vote on the Stimulus Bill is an example.