New Study: High Minimum Wage in Seattle Caused No Employment Losses

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 6, 2018

This Labor Day marked a year of little or no wage gains for most U.S. workers. But for low-wage workers, a report released today from UC Berkeley reveals good news. The report from the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics analyzes the effects of minimum wage policies in the six large U.S. cities that were f

Employers Should Stop Penny Pinching on Health Coverage

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 4, 2018

This post was written by EOI Floyd Jones Fellow Brandon Bannister. Many millennials – who now constitute the biggest generation in the U.S. with the largest share of the workforce – have enjoyed the benefits of health care through either their employers or their parents, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The

Tax dollars at work: What public health systems do for our communities

John Burbank | August 24, 2018

Two weeks ago, my adult son’s temperature shot up to 102. And it stayed between 101 and 104 for a week. He is immune suppressed, thanks to a biologic he takes for Crohn’s disease (so don’t believe all the pretty ads for Humira which are saturating TV now…. But that is another story….) He had diarrhea, no appe

You Pay How Much for Child Care?

Sarah Clark | August 15, 2018

Every parent in Washington State wants quality learning opportunities for their kids and every provider wants to provide quality care for each child in their classrooms. The question is: who bears the cost? Pressure on providers and parents to bear this cost is unsustainable. In 2016, The U.S. Department of H

Here Is How You Got That Surprise Bill from Your Trip to the ER

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 8, 2018

This post was written by EOI Floyd Jones Fellow Brandon Bannister. Have you ever had a procedure where you figured the cost would be covered by your insurance, then out of nowhere, you ended up with a huge bill for the whole thing? This is called “surprise billing” – or in insurance-company speak – “balanced

Congress Is Making Parents Choose Between Time with Kids and Retirement

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 3, 2018

It’s great that Congress is once again paying attention to the need for time off work to care for family or their own health, but most of us who have fought for paid sick days and paid family leave are groaning rather than cheering. With much fanfare, Senator Marco Rubio this week introduced the “Economic Sec

Join us for the Economic Opportunity Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 31, 2018

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 5:30 PM Your presence is requested – please join us at our 20th Anniversary dinner! The evening will feature delicious buffet dinner and drinks and an exciting program. We’ll honor our shared victories, be inspired by community allies working for change, and shine a light toward

Stop Letting Billionaires Shirk Their Duties to the Community

John Burbank | July 27, 2018

We all seem to be suckers, distracted by the Trumpian antics and losing focus on corporate privilege and compensation. We shrug it off as if to say, “Shit happens.” But if we take some power into our own hands, we can make good things the reality, rather than losing ourselves to a national preoccupation with

Trump Plan Will Increase Washington State Health Care Costs in 2019

Ashley Sutton | July 24, 2018

Last month, Washington State reported that 11 insurers filed 74 health plans for the 2019 state Washington Health Benefit Exchange market. The good news: no counties will be without issuer coverage. The bad news: health insurers proposed a 19 percent increase in insurance premium costs. The rising cost of hea

Steps You Can Take to Bolster Unions After Janus

John Burbank | July 19, 2018

Many progressives are rightfully worried about the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which enables workers to gain the wages and benefits collectively bargained by unions without contributing dues. It is a public-sector version of “right to work” laws that are in force in 28 states. But we c

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