● What is the last day I can turn in a mail-in ballot/What day is the election happening?
Election day is November 7th, 2017. Mail-in ballots can be taken to a local polling place the day of the Election OR starting October 11th, voters can take their ballots to the Pima County Recorder’s Office prior to the day of the election.
● When are mail-in ballots delivered?
Mail-in ballots will be sent on October 11th, 2017. Mail-in ballots should be put in the mail by November 1st to ensure they arrive by November 7th.
● What is the last day to register to vote?
The last day to register to vote is October 9th, 2017.
Green New Deal
● What is the Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal is a plan to respond to the global climate crisis by converting Tucson to operate on renewable energy and end dependence on fossil fuels. It is also a commitment to create thousands of $15 hour living wage jobs by retrofitting Tucson homes and businesses with solar energy, energy conservation, water harvesting and clean, efficient, affordable transportation.
Our Tucson, Our Grid
A Green New Deal is also an initiative to municipalize the electric grid. The goal is a publicly-owned, socially equitable, climate friendly, and democratically controlled energy supply from renewable energy.
● How would the Green New Deal be funded?
The City of Tucson will provide no charge, no interest loans and subsidies to households to retrofit homes. Households can pay back the loans with energy and water savings. Low-income households will receive block grant funding for these projects. Initial start-up funding will come from eliminating corporate subsidies and incentives to out-of-state corporations which will also benefit local Green companies.
● Didn’t we just get a minimum wage increase to $12? Why would we need more? / What was wrong with that?
The change to a $12 minimum wage is incremental and does not change the living conditions of Tucson residents today. Many of the families living in poverty have a single-wage earner home, meaning that only one person in the household is able to work at any given time. To support those families most affected, the minimum wage should be able to sustain single-parent families and other households with one primary wage-earner.
● Wouldn’t local business be badly affected by a wage increase?
Consumer demand is what drives job creation, not super profits and poverty wages. With more money in our pockets, workers will spend more boosting our local economy and creating new jobs.(15 now.org)
● Has anything like this worked before in other places?
“15 Now” was launched in January of 2014 by Seattle City Council Member, Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative to fight for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
“As 2016 comes to a close, at least 40 cities and states around the country will be raising the local wage floor. The hikes come after dozens of bills and ballot measures were passed by voters and local lawmakers in recent years, moving local minimum wages well above the federal floor of $7.25 per hour.”- Huffington Post
● Who is allowed to unionize?
The National Labor Relations Act gives every worker, even undocumented workers, the right to organize and belong to a union.
● What does it mean to be union-friendly?
“Union Friendly” means that the Green New Deal would support, not oppose union organizing drives. The Cease campaign would facilitate not discourage union representation. Workers would be allowed to choose union representation.
Sanctuary Cities / Immigrants Rights
● Hasn’t TPD already said we’re basically a sanctuary city?
We need to move past the surface resolution we currently have to a substantive ordinance that will guarantee that TPD does not cooperate with ICE in deporting undocumented immigrants. As it currently stands, TPD colludes with ICE and DHS to detain, and subsequently deport, undocumented immigrants.
● What does it mean to be a sanctuary city/immigrant friendly city?
As a sanctuary city we will provide municipal IDs and bring immigrants out of the shadows by protecting their rights to unionize and receive fair compensation as well as make sure TPD does not cooperate with ICE in deporting undocumented immigrants.
● What does a municipal ID do?
A municipal ID is a form of identification for anyone, including undocumented people, and is also another low-cost option for low-income elderly people, homeless people, and the LGBTQ community.
● What are the benefits of a municipal ID?
A municipal ID helps people open a bank account, secure housing, get a library card, cash checks, and see health care professionals, and buy or sell property.
● Does having municipal ID’s make it easier to single out immigrants?
Municipal ID’s can be used by a number of differently marginalized people, but it is strongly recommended that everyone get a municipal ID so that singling out/alienation of marginalized people doesn’t happen.
The city of Tucson has 50 million invested in Wells Fargo. Our campaign will push to take it out in keeping with the campaign to divest from companies that support the Dakota Access Pipeline.
● What about the “homeless?”
The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions.
We will expand rental and homeownership assistance;
• Create ample public housing; and,
• Offer capital grants to nonprofit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.
● What does being on the city council give you the power to do?
The city council works to pass legislation at a city or municipal level. A city councilperson can bring forth a bill, vote on bills, and create laws for a city.
● What can a local Green Party do about health insurance/single payer insurance?
The Green Party will advocate for a statewide or national single-payer health plan. Locally, any company that does not provide a living wage or health insurance plan for our workers will not be considered for city contracts.
● What can a local Green Party do about sales tax?
The sales tax is called a “regressive tax” because it impacts disproportionately on the poor. The sales tax and all other taxes will be restructured with rich individuals as well as corporations all paying their fair share including the right to fair taxation that’s distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks. Arizona State laws prohibiting fair taxation methods will be challenged under Home Rule.
The Green Party believes in the right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit. This is important now more than ever when TEP is sabotaging locals efforts to expand solar power.
The Green Party supports legalization of recreational marijuana.