From the Desk of Councilmember Amy Cruver
During the 3 p.m. Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Council will consider adopting its 2024 State Priorities in R2023-165. The resolution identifies legislative priority categories with requested actions in:
- Public Safety
- Public Health and Human Services
- Housing and Homelessness
- Economic Development and Partnerships
- Environmental Stewardship
- Long-Term Funding Capacity and Stability of Counties
The categories are supported by all; however, each category is further defined, and I am asking for your input on the details of the priorities.
Please review Exhibit A and add your comments in the comment section of the ordinance R2023-165 Resolution with Exhibit.pdf. For some context regarding the Rights-of-Way Safety Initiative listed under Housing & Homelessness, during the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Inslee submitted a proposal to the Legislature to deliver housing and services to individuals and families living in certain state-owned rights of way. The Legislature modified this proposal before being passed within the 2022 supplemental operating budget (page 106, Section 132).
Click here if you want to learn about the governor’s Climate Commitment Act. After reviewing a fairly recent article from Reuters, Renewables funds see record outflows as rising rates, costs hit shares, I am hesitant to support continued investments of your earnings into an industry (greenhouse gas reduction) based on computer modeling and assumptions and is reporting the losses identified in that article. Everyone is making financial sacrifices in this global reset of our energy infrastructure, resulting in unsustainable increases to our cost of living to reduce carbon dioxide, the gas of life and disregarding science, while China is full steam ahead in building new coal power plants.
I’m also looking at The Epoch Times headline: America’s Runaway Debt Scenario sharing that the U.S. Federal government is having to spend 1/5th of all the money it collected on debt interest—almost $800 billion and an expectation of $1 trillion next year.
By the way, have you heard of the International Space for Climate Observatory (SCO) Initiative? It operates at local levels through National SCOs (NOAA) and the United States signed on. COP 28 starts next month to share strategies for transforming our world. Here is the agenda. They are looking for several trillion dollars.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to give guidance to your elected county council members and ultimately your state representatives on issues important to your families and your financial sustainability.
Coming soon…a report on Natural Asset Companies (NACs) and why you need to know about them.
Grateful for you!