Sawant to Host Public Hearing on Energy Rate Hikes – Invites the Public to Comment on City Light Proposal

Sawant to Host Public Hearing on Energy Rate Hikes

Invites the Public to Comment on City Light Proposal

 

SeattleCouncilmember Kshama Sawantwill host a public hearing of the Energy Committee regarding the proposed electricity rate increases in the city. According to the City Light Strategic Plan, the estimated average increase is 4.4% for consumers each of the next six years. For working people, this comes on top of the burdens of the economic recession, rising rents, increased gas and food expenses, cuts to basic health and transportation, and other utility rate increases.

Sawant, who serves as Chair of the Council’s Energy Committee, will focus her comments on the inequities of Seattle’s current energy rates. The biggest corporations are enjoying record profits with historically low taxes, yet pay far less for electricity than residential customers. Based on the average energy rates per kilowatt hour (kWh) for users in 2013, a residential customer is charged $67.28 to operate an 800 kWh per year refrigerator for one year; by comparison, a corporation is charged $43.67 to operate the same appliance. Members of the public are urged to come speak on this important issue.

 

WHO: 

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Chair, Energy Committee

Councilmember Sally J. Clark

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

Councilmember Mike O’Brien

Public

 

WHAT:

Public Hearing of the Council Energy Committee to discuss electricity rate increases

 

WHEN:

Thursday, September 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Yesler Community Center – 917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

 

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Councilmember Sawant’s Statement on Movement to Expand $15 Minimum Wage to Bellevue and the Rest of Washington State

Councilmember Sawant’s Statement on Movement to Expand $15 Minimum Wage to Bellevue and the Rest of Washington State

SEATTLECity Councilmember Kshama Sawant issued the following statement regarding today’s rally to bring a $15 minimum wage to the rest of Washington State:

“I stand in solidarity with Seattle’s fast food workers and other workers who will participate in the tremendous actions taking place today. These events come on the heels of the historic victory of $15/hour in Seattle, and the nationwide walkouts and strikes of last week. This is an action to demand $15/hour statewide and a protest against the despicable attempts by Tim Eyman and the International Franchise Association to overturn 15 in Seattle. Workers should stand together and fight big business, and I congratulate the workers on their courage and determination.”

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Sawant Statement on Underfunding of Education in WA

Sawant Statement on Underfunding of Education in WA
McCleary argued before Supreme Court today

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant issued the following statement regarding the case heard today in the Washington State Supreme Court about funding for basic education and the 2012 McCleary decision:

“Today, the Washington State Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether the Court should find state legislators in contempt for its criminal underfunding of Washington schools. Activists are traveling to Olympia to deliver a letter calling on the Supreme Court, Governor Inslee and the Legislature to fully fund our public schools by taxing corporations and the super-wealthy. I have signed the letter, and I stand in solidarity with the hundreds of teachers and community activists demanding immediate action on public education.

“The 2012 McCleary decision mandated that legislators urgently begin funding education. Instead, they brazenly called a special session in November of 2013 to give away $8.7 billion in corporate handouts to Boeing – the largest in U.S. history – effectively taking $1,350 per year from each Washington student.

“Now, legislators have the audacity to say that students will have to wait until at least 2015 before they will even consider adequately funding schools.

“While I would of course welcome a finding of contempt from the Court, we should remember that regardless of the Court’s ruling, the State Legislature is clearly in contempt of our students and the working families of Washington.

“The Democratic and Republican party establishments have proven that they are beholden to big business, and will not act to improve the lives of working people. As the struggle for a $15 minimum wage shows, we need to organize a powerful mass movement, and fight back so that our schools, rather than massive corporations, receive billions of dollars in additional funding. We need a movement to run more candidates who are independent, who are working class, who are people of color and who are immigrants. That is why I have signed this letter, as a solid first step towards building this movement.”