Chamber applauds passage of Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 11/09/2018

Voters also approve Initiative 1634 and Initiative 940

A big thank you to extend to everyone who voted this election cycle: our record-setting turnout is something to be proud of. 

Like the Seattle Metro Chamber, voters were enthusiastic about the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise levy, which passed with over 68 percent of the vote. 

Chamber President and CEO Marilyn Strickland said, “Education is tied to so many aspects of an inclusive economy, which is why we proudly endorsed the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise levy. We are glad to see that voters in Seattle agree. This important investment in our students, particularly those from underrepresented communities, will help prepare them for success in school and beyond.”

The seven-year levy replaces 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, the levy will fund the Seattle Promise program, which will expand access to community college for Seattle public high school graduates.

We also endorsed Initiative 1634, which passed – a measure that will ban municipalities from imposing new local taxes on grocery items. 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. I-1634 will protect other communities from similar local taxes. 

Additionally, we supported I-940, which nearly 60 percent of voters approved. This measure will provide law enforcement across Washington state with a standard set of tools and training that can be implemented to save lives, and also protect and provide avenues of legal recourse to the community in cases where the unjustified use of deadly force by law enforcement is clearly and demonstrably present.

Thank you for helping move our region forward with these vital advancements.

Here’s how you can get involved next:

  • We hope you'll consider donating to our political arm, CASE. CASE is focusing now on supporting candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for Seattlelites.
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