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By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 10/22/2018

Chamber urges a “yes” vote on Seattle’s education levy and Initiative 1634

vote666x210Election Day is fast approaching. Have you given your support to a levy that strengthens equitable Seattle education – from preschool to college and voted “yes” on Initiative 1634?

The Seattle Metro Chamber is proud to endorse Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy, which will appear on the November 2018 ballot. We are part of a broad coalition of business, labor and nonprofits supporting Proposition 1. The seven-year levy would replace two expiring levies: the 2014 Seattle Preschool Program Levy (SPP), which subsidizes high-quality preschool, and the 2011 Families & Education Levy, which funds K-12 support programs.  In addition, this levy will also fund the Seattle Promise program, which will expand access to community college for Seattle public high school graduates.

“Education is tied to so many aspects of an inclusive economy,” said Chamber president and CEO Marilyn Strickland. “This levy supports kids, particularly those from underrepresented communities, at multiple stages of their education, and we are proud to endorse it.” Marilyn and MLK Labor executive secretary-treasurer Nicole Grant share more about how the FEPP levy invests in our future in this Seattle Times op-ed.

We have also endorsed Initiative 1634, a measure that would ban municipalities from imposing new local taxes on grocery items, along with 1,400 organizations and businesses from around the state. “Here in Seattle, small businesses, including immigrant-owned and minority-owned businesses, have spoken up about bearing the brunt of the City’s sweetened beverage tax,” said Marilyn Strickland, President and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber. “I-1634 is a step to protect other communities from similar local taxes.”

Read more about the initiative here.

We hope you’ll join us in moving our region forward. Remember to return your ballot by November 6!