Introducing Our New Floyd Jones Fellows

Economic Opportunity Institute | June 29, 2018

This year, we’ve started the Floyd Jones fellowship, honoring a man who grew up in dire poverty, as a sharecropper in Arkansas, yet moved to Washington and became an extremely astute and successful financial investor. Floyd did not sit on his wealth. He put it to work for the benefit of others, in both big an

Can You Believe It’s Been a Year Already?

Marilyn Watkins | June 28, 2018

Can you believe it’s been a year already? Thanks to you and so many others, one year ago this week Washington’s Legislature passed Paid Family and Medical Leave. It means starting in January 2020, all  workers in our state will be able to take 12 to 18 weeks of leave to care for a new child, a seriously ill f

When Stressed About Federal Chaos, Focus on What Can Be Accomplished Locally

John Burbank | June 27, 2018

It is easy to get discouraged by the actions of the US Supreme Court in their continued five-to-four assaults on women, immigrants, workers, and consumers. With the next Trumpian Supreme Court nominee, we can only expect that things will get worse. But if we focus on DC, we miss the opportunities in our own b

Gay Men in Washington: Underpaid and Overworked, Hunty!

Matthew Caruchet | June 15, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. The Census Bureau doesn’t try to collect data on LGBT people. No administration has made that a priority. But with some charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, we can learn still about queer in

If You’re LGBT, the U.S. Government Doesn’t Care about You. It Doesn’t Even See You.

Matthew Caruchet | June 13, 2018

The Economic Opportunity Institute just released a new report on the gay wage gap in Washington State. Read it here. After same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2015, many Americans came to the well-meaning but misguided conclusion that LGBT people were finally in the eyes of the government. But the A

You Can Now Ask Your Male Coworkers If They’re Being Paid More Than You

Marilyn Watkins | June 7, 2018

You now have the legal right in Washington to talk about wages with coworkers and to ask your boss why you’re paid differently than coworkers or haven’t gotten that promotion you deserve. Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act comes into effect today, guaranteeing this freedom of speech in every workplace

The Bottom Line on Social Security’s Bottom Line

Aaron Keating | June 6, 2018

The 2018 Social Security Trustees Report is out, weighing in at a somewhat-intimidating 270 pages (!). But if you don’t want to wade through it, here’s the bottom line on Social Security’s bottom line: it’s in good shape – and with a few legislative changes, could be even better. A large (and still growing) s

Remembering Hubert Locke, Sage of Justice as Fairness

John Burbank | June 5, 2018

My friend Professor Hubert Locke died this week. He was more than a friend. Hubert was the sage who guided many of us through the thickets of morality and policy. Hubert look deeply into the systems of inequality and hierarchy and evil. He was exacting in words and teaching, and he demanded from each of us, h

Socialist Linchpin Moody’s Investors Service Blasts Amazon’s Influence on Seattle

Matthew Caruchet | May 31, 2018

Karl Marx-inspired credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service issued a report this month saying that Amazon’s bullying tactics over Seattle’s newly-passed employee hours tax show it has too much influence over our city. The tax would require businesses with more than $20 million in annual revenue to pay

Visioning Tuition-Free College

Economic Opportunity Institute | May 31, 2018

Seattle Colleges can be tuition-free! Let’s create a vision together about how that should happen! The mayor has announced that she plans to fund tuition-free community college for graduates of Seattle Public Schools. We want to hear what students have to say concerning what the Seattle Promise program should

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