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Council News Release

11/16/2015  5:30:00 PM

Clay Showalter, Councilmember Sawant's Office, 206-684-8016 Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Budget Victories
SEATTLE - Councilmember Kshama Sawant celebrated a series of budget amendment victories in the 2015 budget today, but noted the repeated broken campaign promises by corporate-funded councilmembers. “You can tell the election is over,” she said.

City Council Chambers were packed with supporters who advocated for funding for homeless services, 12-week paid parental leave, funding for tenant services, and for youth job and apprenticeship programs.  Six of the budget amendments initiated by Councilmember Sawant were adopted.

Budget Amendments Won:

  • Doubled funding for Career Bridge ($400,000)
  • Doubled funding for youth apprentice programs ($300,000)
  • Doubled funding for the Tenant's Union ($98,000)
  • Commercial rent control study (Statement of Legislative Intent)
  • Passed funding for YWCA homeless shelter ($256,000)
  • Passed funding for University District Urban Rest Stop ($155,000)

Budget Amendments Lost:

  • Municipal broadband pilot project
  • 12 Weeks paid parental leave
  • $10 million additional funding for homelessness services

Additionally, Councilmember Sawant's advocacy for an LGBTQ Community Center forced the passage of an alternative proposal, furthering the discussion.

Councilmember Sawant also co-sponsored several other progressive budget amendments which passed unanimously, including:

  • $2.3 million additional funding for homeless services (Councilmember Licata)
  • $600,000 for Zero Youth Detention funding (Councilmember O'Brien)
  • $1 million for Orca passes for low-income middle and high school students (Councilmember O'Brien)
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