Right now, Washington State’s house and senate have a bill (HB2576 in the Public Safety Committee and SB6442 in the Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee) before them that will ban private entities from owning and operating prisons (including administrative detention) in Washington, or through a contract with Washington State. Let's pass this bill!Together we can shut down down prisons and detention centers and #BanPrivatePrisons! Right now, Washington State’s house and senate have a bill (HB2576 in the Public Safety Committee and SB6442 in the Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee) before them that will ban private entities from owning and operating prisons (including administrative detention) in Washington, or through a contract with Washington State. Let’s pass this bill! We can join other states like California and Illinois in the movement to decarcerate and close down prisons, jails, and detention centers. All prisons and detention centers are harmful, traumatic, and should be closed. We see the effort to close private prisons as one of the many ways we work towards ending detention and deportations in Tacoma, WA and beyond and one of the many ways we work towards a world with freedom of movement for all. In legislative terms, it’s a short session, which means we have a narrow window to pass the bill this year. We know we can't wait because private prison companies are going on signing sprees to extend contracts in states where there is a threat of a private prison ban! We know we can't wait because we want people to be returned to their families and communities now! We hope you’ll join us by taking action together!
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Once again, Puget Sound Energy — a privately-owned monopoly energy utility — is asking the state for permission to raise its utility rates.
If they get what they want (in addition to rate hikes just approved in November), gas rates would soar 22% higher, even though commercial prices for fracked gas are now at historically cheap prices. Electricity rates would raise by 7%, which is also mind-boggling considering 60% of PSE's energy generation comes from cheap fracked gas and dirty coal.
All told, Puget Sound Energy would rake in another $200 million annually if the rate hikes are approved. A pretty sweet deal, considering they have no competition. Compare that to the costs of the LNG facility, where PSE is charging ratepayers $134 million dollars — 43% of the cost to build the facility — even though less than 2% of the project is projected to benefit ratepayers.
That's why residents in Thurston County and East King County are now organizing to pass public power initiatives, to sever their forced dependence on PSE's dirty energy. Voters in Jefferson County did just that in 2008, and now enjoy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy.
Please come give public testimony and let the Utilities and Transportation Commission know how you feel about these increased rates, and how it feels to know our energy bills are being used to prop up fossil fuel industries, even in the face of a climate crisis.