Archives: Washington Policy Watch

Labor Day is a time for coming together

Onlookers share their eclipse experience in the lobby of the Charlotte airport lobby during the 2017 eclipse

Marilyn Watkins | September 4, 2017

For those of us lucky enough to get weekends off, it’s tempting to use Labor Day as a time to enjoy the last of summer and escape the relentlessly bad news: natural disasters made worse by human arrogance and unregulated development; an economic boom that enriches some, but leaves too many struggling; the div

What are we getting out of Boeing’s tax breaks?

Boeing jobs are on the wing from Washington - despite huge tax breaks

John Burbank | April 6, 2017

As a young girl, my daughter had a fear of flying. She overcame this through a thorough study of airplanes and landed on the 737 as her preferred means of transportation in the air. So naturally, she asked for a Boeing T-shirt for a present. It says, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going!” So let’s talk about Bo

Democracy is a participatory process

Photo: Ravenhart via Flickr Creative Commons

Marilyn Watkins | March 16, 2017

Washington’s Legislature is more than halfway through its 2017 session and a lot of good bills have gone to the chopping block. The issues that have made it this far in the process are still alive because individuals and organizations spoke up, identified real life problems, and urged legislators to make the

Citizen University TV: Re-rigging the rules on economic opportunity and income inequality

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 10, 2017

The rules of power are often rigged in favor of monopolies and winner-take-all systems. On Citizen University TV, host Eric Liu explores ways citizens can overcome a system stacked against them. He calls this strategy “re-rigging the rules.” But what if you’re an ex-con? Does this strategy still work? For the

How can we “recession-proof” Washington’s cities?

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 12, 2017

Washington’s cities are the engines of the state’s economy. But given an uncertain political and economic forecast ahead, what can cities do to stay out of economic peril? Some of our local economies are still struggling to rebound from the downturn — others (like Seattle) can’t seem to build quickly enough

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

Full-time working women in Washington make about 79 percent as much as their male counterparts. (AFGE/flickr)

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 22, 2016

If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the report finds full-time working women are slowly closing the disparity,

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 8, 2016

August 26 commemorated Women’s Equality Day, the date in 1920 when women won the Constitutional right to vote in the United States. This year the date had a little more emotional kick with a woman running for the first time as a serious contender for the Presidency. But it’s taken nearly a full century to gai

The Summer Institute on Union Women: Breaking Down Barriers and Borders

EOI Intern | August 29, 2016

I recently joined the EOI team as one of the summer Policy Interns following my graduation from University of Washington with a Master’s in Public Health! In addition to my regular duties, I recently had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute on Union Women hosted by the UCLA Labor Center from August

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

Seattle Space Needle and construction

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 25, 2016

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out construction from commuting. But we shouldn’t

More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

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Economic Opportunity Institute | June 21, 2016

SEATTLE – Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. Washington is ranked 15th among the 50 states in the Data Book, moving up four places in

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