ACA Repeal Efforts Are the Wake-Up Call We Need

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Carolanne Sanders | September 25, 2017

Who would have thought that in 2017, we’d still be debating whether access to timely, quality, and affordable health care is a right and its provision a responsibility of the U.S. government? Yet, here we are – the richest nation in the world, where over 28 million people, excluding the elderly, have no healt

Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

A view of Everett Community College. Source: Everett Community College

John Burbank | September 20, 2017

Monday night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities in the country. President Donald Trump had only asked for $54 billion. Politicians from both parties derided Sen. Bernie Sanders for pl

New Data Show Affordable Care Act’s Continued Effectiveness in Washington


Matthew Streib | September 15, 2017

The number of people in Washington State without health insurance continued to drop in 2016, according to new data released this week by the Census Bureau. In fact, every state has seen a decrease in uninsured rates since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect. Overall, 94 percent of Washingtonians ha

Reducing Red Tape Also Reduces Health-Care Costs for Consumers

Health Care Administrators

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 11, 2017

In our recent discussions with health policy experts, we’ve found a common thread – any attempt to make health care more affordable should be accompanied with a strategy to mitigate the red-tape expenses and arbitrary pricing that are passed down to consumers. Administration expenses and arbitrary prescriptio

Let Amazon Hike Up Rents Somewhere Else


John Burbank | September 8, 2017

Amazon is planning to open a second headquarters (in Amazon speak, HQ2), in another city – not in Seattle. I worry for the city that next falls victim to Amazon, but this is a good thing for Seattle. We as a city are struggling to catch up to Amazon’s expansion and the influx of many other high tech companies

Renegotiating NAFTA Would Be a Lot Easier, If We Knew What We Wanted


Economic Opportunity Institute | September 5, 2017

The Trump administration just started the process of renegotiating NAFTA, the trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico that became the template for globalization in the 21st Century. This would make more sense if we knew what we want to renegotiate. In 2016, voters answered two simple questions, “Who get

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

A city of riches? EOI analysis shows most Seattle filers make less than 50K


Economic Opportunity Institute | August 30, 2017

Via the Seattle Times: For all Seattle’s newfound affluence, there are still a whole lot of folks living paycheck to paycheck. That’s no surprise, of course — but here’s some new data that bring this economic reality into sharp focus. Of the roughly 419,000 tax returns filed in 2014 by city residents, 214,000

“Order Maintenance” Policing and Its Role in Gentrification

Source: Adam Cohn / Flickr

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 29, 2017

As an Asian kid who rides a bike to work, some people may assume I moved into Seattle for a six-figure paying tech job. In reality, I ride my bike because it’s free. That way I can spend my bus money on things like rice and lentils. Though the young, white (or in my case, East Asian), and well-paid are the mo

Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education


John Burbank | August 24, 2017

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach for many, unless they take out gargantuan

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