Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

Tax and Budget

Presentation | John Burbank | May 31, 2017

We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments in affordable housing, homelessness solutions, educational equity and climate action by fixing our upside-down tax code.

2016 Annual Report


Report | March 31, 2017

Our Mission The Economic Opportunity Institute’s mission is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Heather’s Story Life is unpredictable, but paid family and

2017 Policy Agenda


Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | February 10, 2017

The mission of the Economic Opportunity Institute is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families & workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Priorities for Action Paid Family and Medical Leave: At some poi

The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | November 23, 2016

A just-released study funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the State of Washington shows strong public support for a paid family and medical leave program – and new cost estimates that put such a program easily within reach of most workers and employers: Three in four Washington voters support a stat

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

Early Learning Education

Issue Brief | Carolanne Sanders, John Burbank | October 20, 2016

Washington has taken commendable steps toward building a high quality early childhood education system. Substantive public investment in early learning – primarily through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) –  is expand

Time for a Raise

Minimum Wage

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins | October 20, 2016

Seattle’s job boom may be making headlines, but new data show the economy is growing across Washington state. Employment markets from Spokane to Longview have experienced several years of job growth. In most counties, typical household incomes are also up, while poverty rates are down. But the news is not all

Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Fact Sheet | Marilyn Watkins | September 28, 2016

A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended time away from work to care for family or health. California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have programs to provide all workers with paid leave when a new child arrives in the family or a serious health conditi

Preserve, Protect, Pass On

Retirement Security Social Security

Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins, Miranda Vargas | September 7, 2016

Summary Social Security is a longstanding success of our democratic system. It provides financial security and stable incomes to 60 million Americans directly receiving retirement, disability, or survivor benefits.[i] In Washington state, 29% of households depend on Social Security income.[ii] Social Security

Health Coverage in King County

Health Care

Issue Brief | John Burbank | August 25, 2016

King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified Health Plans offered through the Washin

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Equal Pay Minimum Wage Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

Report | Marilyn Watkins | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

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