Ask your legislator to support $8 million in capital budget funding. We have an opportunity to secure additional funding in the 2024 legislative session for more TLT projects protecting our natural lands, using higher-than-expected carbon auction revenues from the state’s Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) account. Get more information here .
⚠️ Ask your legislators to support Capital Budget Funding for Trust Land Transfer Projects here.
Ask your legislators to expand mature forest protections. Last year, the State Legislature permanently protected 2,000 acres of mature forests, however, the demand from counties to protect these forests far exceeded this original investment. This year, we can expand this protection to additional forests, which is essential for conserving our best carbon sequestering forests, while also purchasing replacement lands to add to the overall public lands base. Get more information here.
⚠️ This week, ask your legislators to continue to conserve mature forests and buy replacement lands for economically impacted rural counties here. Legislators are making crucial decisions on the state budget right now!
Changes in Washington’s transportation system are needed to address climate change and support new affordable housing. Local transit agencies cannot generate enough funding through local funding sources to provide adequate service. Rail has been a neglected segment of the transportation system that, if properly planned and funded, could address a number of congestion and greenhouse gas emission problems. Please let your legislators know that you would like the 2024 supplemental budget to include funding for these important services.
⚠️ Please tell your legislators you want more funding for transit service and these rail proposals here.
Support Additional Behavioral Health Funding. Behavioral health services are important to the well-being of Washington State residents. The House and Senate supplemental budgets each provide some funding for critical behavioral health services, but the final budget must include all of the behavioral health funding each chamber has proposed to best serve Washingtonians.
⚠️Ask your Legislators to include funding for the necessary behavioral health services in the final supplemental budget here.
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