Strong Show of Support for Paid Family and Medical Leave in House Labor Committee Hearing


Economic Opportunity Institute | January 19, 2017

Workers, business owners, health care experts, and community groups testify in support of bill to create Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Today the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee heard public testimony on the Washington Work and Family Coalition’s proposal for paid family and medical leave

ACA repeal: millions lose insurance, billionaires get a tax cut

Bill Gates is one of a handful

John Burbank | January 18, 2017

One item has gone nearly unmentioned in the media about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: it would be a massive tax cut for wealthy Americans. “One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less than $85,00

Podcast: Paid Parental Leave Panel Discussion at Seattle Public Library

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 14, 2017

Listen to a panel discussion and learn about the paid family leave policy that will be considered by state legislators in 2017. Panel guests include Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute; Rich Fox, President of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance; and Danielle Hulton Co-Owner of Ada’s Technical Bo

How can we “recession-proof” Washington’s cities?

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 12, 2017

Washington’s cities are the engines of the state’s economy. But given an uncertain political and economic forecast ahead, what can cities do to stay out of economic peril? Some of our local economies are still struggling to rebound from the downturn — others (like Seattle) can’t seem to build quickly enough

Repeal of Affordable Care Act will affect more than you might think

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John Burbank | January 11, 2017

This week in our nation’s capital the most prominent advertising was the demand from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to repeal “Obamacare taxes.” Leave it to the voice of big business to defund health care for tens of millions of people in our country. This is the same gang that has exported jobs by the millions

Washington Work and Family Coalition announces proposal for statewide paid family and medical leave


Economic Opportunity Institute | January 10, 2017

SEATTLE – Today the Washington Work and Family Coalition announced their policy proposal for paid family and medical leave in Washington. Under the proposed bills, Washington workers would be able to use extended paid leave for events like the birth of a child, a personal health emergency, or to take care of

Boost of minimum wage can make economy great again

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John Burbank | December 28, 2016

Eighteen years ago the people of our state became public pioneers by passing into law the first minimum wage initiative that, like Social Security, included an automatic COLA – a cost-of-living adjustment. With this law, we made sure that the minimum wage kept up with inflation. People across the country thou

Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

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Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Beyond that basic human right

Don’t repeal what’s working; fix Affordable Care Act


John Burbank | December 15, 2016

I am a lucky person. My jaw is broken, but that is not why I am lucky. I have good health and dental insurance. So when my jaw was fractured last month, I didn’t have to worry about how I could afford to fix it. Sure, I will pay some significant cost-sharing, but it will not make me poor. And this final fact

Paid family and medical leave in WA: With your help, we can and we will!

Evelin and her family, ready to testify for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Olympia, WA!

John Burbank | December 7, 2016

I’d like to tell you a story about Evelin – a proud daughter, social worker, and mother of two. A couple of years ago, her family faced a tough decision: Evelin’s father Jose was on the verge of kidney failure and desperately needed surgery. The good news? Jose had good health care. The bad news? His surgery

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