Two ways your legislator can make real investments in economic security for Washington women

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 8, 2017

Women and families in the U.S. are facing so many challenges these days, it’s hard to know how to focus our energy. Women who have worked hard, paid taxes, and raised families in this country for years, torn from their children by immigration authorities. Congress and state legislatures restricting women’s ac

Seattle City Council Committee Hosts “Trump-Proof Seattle: A Lunch and Learn Forum on Tax Justice”

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 2, 2017

The Seattle City Council’s Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee met for a “Lunch and Learn” session to discuss a plan to “Trump-Proof Seattle” (i.e. Seattle’s budget) by taxing unearned income (capital gains, interest and dividends) for households with incomes above $250,000. Wat

Coalition wants to ‘Trump-proof’ Seattle with income tax

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Economic Opportunity Institute | February 28, 2017

The Transit Riders Union, Economic Opportunity Institute and other local organizations are launching a campaign called “Trump Proof Seattle” to start a city income tax on wealthy households. Transit Riders Union General Secretary Katie Wilson said the campaign is a response to the threat of Seattle’s losing f

Tax breaks for Boeing have helped send jobs out of state

Boeing jobs are on the wing from Washington - despite huge tax breaks

John Burbank | February 22, 2017

Here’s a headline that should make us happy: “Trump, Battered in Washington, Is Buoyed at Boeing Rally.” That was from the New York Times, last Friday. But the funny thing is, there was no Boeing rally in our state, where the vast majority of Boeing workers live and work, making the vast majority of Boeing’s

WA paid family and medical leave bill moves one step closer to House vote

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Economic Opportunity Institute | February 10, 2017

Proposal awaits vote after public hearing in House Appropriations Committee Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1116, which would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave proposal for all working families. Sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D – Everett),

Legislators: End the 10-year wait, pass paid family and medical leave in WA

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Marilyn Watkins | February 10, 2017

In the decade since Washington state’s House Appropriations Committee last heard a paid family leave bill, we’ve learned a lot about how the first year of life sets the foundation for lifelong health and well-being, how our aging population and the gender wage gap affect our whole economy, and about the posit

Reject SB 5541: Equal work deserves equal pay — regardless of gender, race, or age

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Marilyn Watkins | February 9, 2017

Legislators should reject Senate Bill 5541, which proposes lowering the minimum wage for teens in Washington state. Teenagers work for all sorts of reasons, including to pay for college, to support themselves, and to support their families. A recent Urban Institute study of youth who left high school and went

In taking D.C. post, this Washington state senator isn’t doing either job justice

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John Burbank | February 8, 2017

Adam Smith’s idea is a powerful one: Individuals acting in their own interest to maximize personal profit will create economic benefits for all. But left unregulated and unrestrained, self-interest inevitably leads to the exact opposite. To note one of many examples: Widespread mortgage fraud and exotic finan

WA legislators considering legal cover for employers limiting compensation discussions

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Marilyn Watkins | February 1, 2017

Giving employers legal permission to impose more limits on discussing compensation than on talking about the Seahawks or the weather, as Senate Bill 5344 proposes, takes us backwards. We know the stats – at every age, education level, in nearly every occupation – women are paid less than men, and women of col

Proposed salary history legislation would help limit gender, race inequality

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Marilyn Watkins | January 31, 2017

Washington legislators are now considering salary history legislation (HB 1533), sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan (D-Olympia), that would prohibit employers from asking applicants, during the initial interview, what their wages were in previous jobs. (Employers could get that information once they offer the job

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