I’ve Been Paid 25 Percent More Because I’m a Man

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Matthew Caruchet | February 12, 2018

Washington State made wage discrimination based on gender illegal in 1943. But that law has never been amended, and isn’t really enforced, so women in Washington still make 76.5 percent of men’s earnings. On January 17, a bipartisan supermajority in the Washington House of Representatives passed the Equal Pay

What’s Missing from What You’re Hearing About Washington’s Budget

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Aaron Keating | February 6, 2018

Last June, Gov. Jay Inslee made headlines when he signed a state budget totaling $43.4 billion in spending for 2017-19. Which of the following statements about that budget is true? A. State spending will grow 15.3% by 2019. B. State spending will grow 6.1% by 2019. C. State spending will grow 3.2% by 2019. D.

Immigrants Play a Vital Role in Securing our Social Security System’s Future

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 31, 2018

by Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and EOI board member Donald Trump and his administration are holding millions of young Americans hostage. In return for ending the deportation of Dreamers who were brought to this country as children and have lived here most of their lives, Trump is demandin

Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either


John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name is Anu Partanen. Partanen is an American citizen, an author, a researcher,

Nipples – The New Side of Jeff Bezos?

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Matthew Caruchet | January 17, 2018

On Friday, the New York Times printed an article on Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to create a personal brand. The article came on the heels of his and his wife’s $33 million donation to a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as childre

A Tribute to Floyd Jones

Floyd Jones - a man with big ambitions!

John Burbank | January 12, 2018

Last Friday, January 5, we lost a good and great leader in our state. His name is Floyd Jones. Floyd died at the age of 90, having lost a battle with cancer, but more importantly, having worked for and won a life of personal success and social good. Floyd grew up in dire poverty, as a sharecropper in Arkansas

We Need to Update Equal Pay Laws

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Marilyn Watkins | January 8, 2018

For a PDF of this factsheet, please click here. The Washington State Legislature has the chance in the winter 2018 session to pass an updated equal pay bill. In each of the past three years, the state’s House has passed an equal pay bill with bipartisan majorities, but those bills have died in committee in th

Why Physicists Don’t Rule the World

Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Detector. Photo credit CERN

Economic Opportunity Institute | December 28, 2017

I was a physicist for 30 years. My brain still works that way. In a post-factual world, scientists are at a distinct disadvantage. That may explain why very few physicists hold positions of authority. A few years ago, I had a moment of insight in Los Angeles, after watching eight powerful videos at a labor co

Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

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Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in January 2018 when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to take time off to prioritize health and pay their bills in

‘A Christmas Carol’: Sending the Poor to Prison

Illustration of the Gosht of Christmas Present by John Leech from the 1800s.

Matthew Caruchet | December 22, 2017

When he was 12 years old in 1824, Charles Dickens worked 10-hour days in a rat-infested shoe-polish factory for six shillings a week. That’s the equivalent of £30.68 or $41.06 in 2017 currency. It was all the money he had to get by. His father, mother, and five siblings aged 2-11 were in prison because the fa

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