Announcing YDWA’s 2016 Legislative Priorities!

It’s time for YDWA Lobby Day 2016!

We’re so excited to have Young Democrats from across the state join us in Olympia next Monday (February 15) to lobby on our 2016 legislative priorities. Don’t miss out! Register by tomorrow (February 11) and we’ll see you on Monday.

Learn┬ámore about what to expect at YDWA’s Lobby Day:

YDWA Legislative Agenda

We’re meeting at the Capitol at 8am in JAC 211. We’ll have a lobby training for new folks and agenda item training so that everyone feels comfortable with what they’re advocating for! After that we’ll send you off to meetings with legislators in a group with other Young Democrats! We are providing lunch and a light breakfast.

Our agenda this year is focusing on a couple things:

First is trans rights- as you’ve probably heard there’s a lot of legislation proposed this session that would legalize discrimination against trans people, we’re going to be talking about why we oppose that.

Second is fully funding the State Need Grant (without cutting other social programs to do so!). This grant makes higher education a reality for many students but is still incredibly underfunded, we’re going to be advocating for increases in funding to make sure that everyone has equal access to higher education.

Lastly is a proposal to close the Extracted Fuel Tax Exemption loophole, this could not only raise between $50-55 million a biennium, but also would push Washington towards greener energy sources for a more sustainable future.

We’re excited to see you, and expect a couple more emails in the coming days to help make sure you have everything you need to feel ready! Be sure to register by February 11.

-YDWA