EOI Receives Grant to Protect Against Healthcare Cuts

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Economic Opportunity Institute | July 25, 2017

The Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority this month awarded the Economic Opportunity Institute a renewable $100,000 grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels, and prevent losses from the possible repeal of the Affordable C

Tax Justice Victory Party


Economic Opportunity Institute | July 21, 2017

Just six months after the Trump-Proof Seattle Coalition began our campaign for tax justice, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a 2.25% tax on income in excess of $250,000 ($500K for joint filers), to protect against Trump budget cuts and fund vital public services. Our grassroots campaign has made

Social Security report shows healthy system in need of fine-tuning


Economic Opportunity Institute | July 17, 2017

Last week, the Social Security Trustees published their 269-page annual report on the health of the Social Security Trust Funds, which hold the assets that will help fund future retirement benefits for Social Security recipients. In sum, the future of Social Security is bright, as long as some adjustments are

Forum with Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works


Economic Opportunity Institute | July 11, 2017

Nancy Altman — the D.C.-based President of Social Security Works and one of the foremost experts on Social Security in the U.S. — will share the challenges to Social Security and Medicare we face under the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. She will also discuss strategies and tact

We did it! Seattle passes progressive income tax!

John Burbank emceeing the pre-vote rally.

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 10, 2017

Just a few months after the Economic Opportunity Institute and Trump Proof Seattle proposed a tax on the wealthy, the Seattle City Council has come through. Just this afternoon, the council unanimously voted to create a city income tax to help finance priorities like the homelessness crisis, providing transit

UW minimum wage study: disconcerting, distorted and biased

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John Burbank | July 10, 2017

This past month, researchers at the Evans School of Public Policy at the University to Washington released a study funded by the Arnold Foundation[1] of the minimum wage increases in the city of Seattle.[2]  They asserted that the minimum wage increases resulted in losses of hourly work and total income for w

What’s in the new family and medical leave law

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Economic Opportunity Institute | July 5, 2017

Washington’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Program How it will work: Washington’s paid family and medical leave program will work like insurance. Workers and their employers will both pay a small premium with each paycheck, and then workers will receive a benefit from the state when they need family leave

Victory for paid family leave in Washington State!

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Marilyn Watkins | June 30, 2017

Washingtonians sent tens of thousands of emails and made hundreds of visits to legislators over the past few months with the simple message: a new baby, ailing parent, or cancer diagnosis should not mean financial calamity. On June 30, the Washington legislature responded, passing a comprehensive paid family

A tale of two studies: poor research leads to poor findings on minimum wage

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Marilyn Watkins | June 26, 2017

Seattle’s economy is booming: construction everywhere, crowded streets and transit, housing costs soaring, bustling neighborhood restaurants, and a 2.6% unemployment rate. Much of this growth is driven by high wage-tech jobs and the spillover effect of all those workers eating out, shopping, and paying premiu

Seeds of Change: EOI’s 2017 Annual Dinner

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Sam Hatzenbeler | June 21, 2017

Join friends and supporters of the Economic Opportunity Institute in support of our mission to build an economy that works – for everyone. For nearly two decades, EOI has planted seeds and tended the growth of public policies to promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and

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