CalEITC – June 1, 2017
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF EXPANDING CALIFORNIA EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Whereas, the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), enacted by the Legislature and the Governor in 2015, provides much-needed assistance to working families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet and has long-lasting benefits for children, families, and communities by reducing deep poverty, improving child and maternal health, spurring local economic growth, and building long-term economic security, as families use the credit to pay for food, rent, childcare and other basic needs, or one-time expenses such as a car repair to enable them to get to work; and
Whereas, the CalEITC, a refundable state tax credit, is currently only available to households with annual earnings below $6,717 for an adult without qualifying children, $10,087 for a family with one qualifying child or $14,161 for a family with two or more qualifying children and benefited more than 385,000 working poor households in the first year of implementation, but reached fewer households than originally estimated, as the Administration estimated 600,000 households to benefit; and
Whereas, the 2017-18 budget proposal does identify CalEITC as one of the four “most significant accomplishments of the past four years”, and the Legislature indicated in 2015-16 budget bill their intent to expand the CalEITC, “to include a broader section of working poor Californians”, yet the Administration has not proposed to increase the size of the credit or extend it to additional low-income workers and has lowered the budget to $264 million from the original $380 million.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Democratic Central Committee of Marin (DCCM) recommends that the 2017-2018 California State Budget build on the success of CalEITC in its first year, by strengthening and expanding the CalEITC to maximize its effectiveness as a poverty-fighting tool, work incentive, and driver of economic activity, by investing in outreach and free tax preparation services to ensure as many eligible families as possible benefit from the credit, expanding coverage to self-employed and self-reported income earners, and increasing the CalEITC income eligibility threshold to reach all households eligible for the Federal EITC; and
Be it further resolved, DCCM will forward this resolution to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Sate Senate, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and Marin’s legislative representatives, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Marc Levine, to the Budget Committee Chairs in both legislative bodies, and the California Democratic Party.
Health Care – April 27, 2017
Support for SB 562 (Lara and Atkins) – The Californians For A Healthy California Act
Whereas, the current administration in Washington, DC, has created insecurity for all, even those with health insurance, who suffer unpredictable coverage, cancellations, little choice of providers, decreased benefits, and increased premiums, co-pays, and deductibles and the possible repeal of the ACA; and
Whereas, health care is a right, not a privilege, and all residents of the state have a human right to universal access to reliable, comprehensive health care necessary to live a healthy, full, dignified life; and
Whereas, a universal, single-payer health care system, with consolidated financing and anaccountable public structure, has been predicted in numerous studies to result in greater efficiency, lower costs to businesses, individuals, and government, and a single-payer system has previously been supported by the Democratic Central Committee of Marin (DCCM) in endorsing SB 810 in 2011.
Therefore, be it resolved that the DCCM calls on the California to protect its citizens by establishing a truly universal, comprehensive system, which controls costs, and with eligibility based on residency, and eliminating waste by consolidating the functions of many insurance companies into one comprehensive public plan, thus saving consumers, and the state, billions annually; and
Be it further resolved that the DCCM supports universal access to health care for all Californians through SB562 (Lara/Atkins), the Californians For A Healthy California Act, and calls on our legislative representatives, and Governor Brown, to work for passage of this bill.
Immigration, Civil, and Legal Rights – March 2, 2017
Resolution in Support of SB 54, AB 3 and SB 6
Whereas the Democratic Central Committee of Marin (DCCM) passed the resolution, “OPPOSING SHIFTS IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION POLICY AND UPHOLDING RIGHTS OF ALL OUR CITIZENS” on January 5 2017, and resolved “to respond rapidly to reaffirm the right of everyone residing in or visiting Marin County, and the State of California, to be free of discrimination and hate violence, whether physical or verbal, and prohibit the enactment or use of a watch list, a registry, surveillance, and/or monitoring based on characteristics of race, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability”; and
Whereas the California State Legislature currently has three bills pending, SB 54,SB 6, and AB 3, that would prevent the use of state and local resources to aid ICE in deportations and expand fiscal support for legal assistance for detained individuals and to protect the rights of our immigrant population; and
Whereas, the DCCM resolved to resist and prevent changes in our federal immigration policy that would be detrimental to our residents and visitors, our neighbors and our diverse communities;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Central Committee of Marin calls on the State Legislature to pass SB 54, SB 6, and AB 3 and calls on the Marin Board of Supervisors to resolve to support these bills; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Central Committee of Marin will forward this resolution to the President pro Tem of the Senate, Kevin De Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the Marin Board of Supervisors, Senator Mike McGuire, Assembly Member Marc Levine and the California Democratic Party.
Immigration – January, 5, 2017
OPPOSING SHIFTS IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION POLICY AND UPHOLDING RIGHTS OF ALL OUR CITIZENS
WHEREAS, the Marin Board of Supervisors found that, “the population of Marin County is comprised of people of various racial, religious and ethnic groups, a growing senior population, and persons with disabilities” and that the “practice of discrimination adversely affects these groups and the community” and “it is public policy of the County of Marin that all persons residing in or visiting Marin County,” “may enjoy an equal opportunity to live, grow, learn, work, play, and worship unhampered by invidious discrimination”; and
WHEREAS, the President-Elect of the United States, Donald Trump, has called for banning people believing in Islam from entering the United States and creating a Muslim ‘watch list’, and called for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, and supports stop-and-frisk law enforcement tactics which disproportionately target people of color, and has selected advisors who spread messages of hate in their speech, and selected the Vice President-Elect who has expressed that the LGBT community should undergo conversion therapy; and
WHEREAS, hate crimes and violence have increased since the November 2016 general election and people targeted by the President and Vice President-Elect in their campaign are fearful for their lives, the well-being of their families and children, and that their constitutional, legal and moral rights will not be protected;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Central Committee of Marin calls on the Board of Supervisors of Marin County, the State Legislature, our elected Members of Congress, and the California Democratic Party to respond rapidly to reaffirm the right of everyone residing in or visiting Marin County, and the State of California, to be free of discrimination and hate violence, whether physical or verbal, and prohibit the enactment or use of a watch list, a registry, surveillance, and/or monitoring based on characteristics of race, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the above-named bodies will enact laws, uphold existing laws, adopt resolutions, and otherwise resist and prevent sudden changes in our federal immigration policy, and that this intent will be forwarded to the President-Elect and the leaders of both parties of the U.S. House and Senate, and to the U.S. Department of Justice.