For a century, reformers have tried to change Washington’s regressive tax system. Last month, a landmark capital gains tax became law. The story of how they got there shows how the Left can win against Democrats defending the status quo.
Galen Herz is an organizer who has managed several successful campaigns in Whatcom County, Washington, including an affordable housing levy, and was a regional GOTV coordinator for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign in New Hampshire.
Slowly but surely, the idea of social housing — a public housing model most commonly associated with the socialist government of “Red Vienna” — is moving from being a leftist dream to a concrete policy agenda item in a number of US states.
In conservative Florida, where Trump edged out Biden last year by 51 percent to 48 percent, a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2026 passed with nearly 61 percent of the vote. By appealing to Floridians’ material interests across lines of race and geography, the campaign shows how left economic policies can win even in right-wing contexts.