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The Road to Winning Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

Report | Marilyn Watkins | November 11, 2017

For a PDF version of this report, click here. Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly bipartisan – 37 to 12 in the Senate and 65 to 29 in the House. Breaking rules

Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

Early Learning Education Higher Education K-12 Education

Issue Brief | John Burbank | November 7, 2017

The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” [1] In 2014, the State Supreme Court found Washington State in co

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

EOI

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

EOI

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

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