The following positions on statewide ballot measures for the 2016 general election have been taken by the Children’s Alliance.
Initiative 732: NO
While designed to fight climate change, Initiative 732 threatens children in two ways. First, its tax breaks are insufficient to counter its full costs to low-income families, who are disproportionately families of color. Second, it’s predicted to worsen the state’s budget shortfall—jeopardizing programs and services kids need to thrive.
As we reject I-732, we continue to support collaborative and equitable approaches to climate change because it poses harm to children, both to today’s children and future generations. Vote NO.
Initiative 1433: YES
All children deserve to rest assured that a loving parent or caregiver can stay home to care for them when they’re sick, and that there’s enough healthy food each day for them to thrive. By raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick leave, all families—in particular low-income families—will be a step closer to opportunity and prosperity. Vote YES.
Initiative 1491: YES
Gun violence poses clear harm to children, and it disproportionately harms children and youth in communities of color. For example, in Washington’s largest county, children of color are more likely to be the victims of homicide fatalities than are white children. By allowing families and law enforcement officials to petition courts to keep guns out of the hands of people who would hurt themselves or others, I-1491 is a positive step to address an urgent problem of public safety and health. Vote YES.
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