Happy Holidays from EOI!

December 21, 2012 | Economic Opportunity Institute

From left to right: Aaron Keating, Tatsuko Go Hollo, John Burbank, Gabriela Quintana,Travis Crayton, Kathleen Johnson, Gary Burris, Audrey Peek, Alex Stone, Marilyn Watkins, Lindsay Van Nostrand, Ashwin Warrior.

During warmer times – from left to right: Aaron Keating, Tatsuko Go Hollo, John Burbank, Gabriela Quintana,
Travis Crayton, Kathleen Johnson, Gary Burris, Audrey Peek, Alex Stone, Marilyn Watkins,
Lindsay Van Nostrand, Ashwin Warrior.

Every weekday* we publish fresh news and commentary on economic trends and public policy highlights affecting people’s lives and communities, here in Washington and across the country. That commitment is no small chore.

In 2012, we wrote 306 original blog posts, penned 31 columns in newspapers and national blogs, and delivered 26 emails summarizing the best of the preceding two weeks’ content to thousands of subscribers across Washington and the U.S. We’re proud of our work, which is why we’re asking for your help to keep it going in 2013.

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If you value our work — if you’ve ever quoted one of our posts, used our research on the job, or brought it up with friends — please be a part of the community that makes it all possible. And to say thanks for your support, here are our top 12 posts from 2012:

  1. Why must our schools always be compared with Finland?
  2. Washington min. wage increase will help thousands, strengthen local economy
  3. The simple Social Security fix no one wants to talk about
  4. No tuition, debt-free graduation – and full funding for higher education
  5. Paid sick days: Absenteeism vs. presenteeism
  6. Does the data have a liberal bias? Tax cuts don’t lead to economic growth
  7. Myth 6: Europe has a lower standard of living than the United States
  8. The closer you get, the smaller it looks: Washington’s budget is shrinking
  9. Three (economy-boosting) ways to improve Social Security
  10. When first is worst: Washington’s taxes best-in-nation at soaking the poor
  11. Ayn Rand 2.0 – An Emerging American Aristocracy?
  12. How democracy saved capitalism

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*We do take holidays, you know – even bloggers have to relax once in a while. Christmas through New Year’s is one of those times, so things will be a little quieter, but only until the Washington Legislature starts working in January…

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