Reducing Red Tape Also Reduces Health-Care Costs for Consumers

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 11, 2017

In our recent discussions with health policy experts, we’ve found a common thread – any attempt to make health care more affordable should be accompanied with a strategy to mitigate the red-tape expenses and arbitrary pricing that are passed down to consumers. Administration expenses and arbitrary prescriptio

Let Amazon Hike Up Rents Somewhere Else

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John Burbank | September 8, 2017

Amazon is planning to open a second headquarters (in Amazon speak, HQ2), in another city – not in Seattle. I worry for the city that next falls victim to Amazon, but this is a good thing for Seattle. We as a city are struggling to catch up to Amazon’s expansion and the influx of many other high tech companies

Renegotiating NAFTA Would Be a Lot Easier, If We Knew What We Wanted

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 5, 2017

The Trump administration just started the process of renegotiating NAFTA, the trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico that became the template for globalization in the 21st Century. This would make more sense if we knew what we want to renegotiate. In 2016, voters answered two simple questions, “Who get

Labor Day is a time for coming together

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Marilyn Watkins | September 4, 2017

For those of us lucky enough to get weekends off, it’s tempting to use Labor Day as a time to enjoy the last of summer and escape the relentlessly bad news: natural disasters made worse by human arrogance and unregulated development; an economic boom that enriches some, but leaves too many struggling; the div

A city of riches? EOI analysis shows most Seattle filers make less than 50K

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 30, 2017

Via the Seattle Times: For all Seattle’s newfound affluence, there are still a whole lot of folks living paycheck to paycheck. That’s no surprise, of course — but here’s some new data that bring this economic reality into sharp focus. Of the roughly 419,000 tax returns filed in 2014 by city residents, 214,000

“Order Maintenance” Policing and Its Role in Gentrification

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 29, 2017

As an Asian kid who rides a bike to work, some people may assume I moved into Seattle for a six-figure paying tech job. In reality, I ride my bike because it’s free. That way I can spend my bus money on things like rice and lentils. Though the young, white (or in my case, East Asian), and well-paid are the mo

Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

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John Burbank | August 24, 2017

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach for many, unless they take out gargantuan

How We’re Helping the Community Improve Their Health Care

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 18, 2017

At EOI, we are now six weeks into our health policy work through the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority grant to develop policies for the preservation and expansion of health coverage at the county and state levels. But we are not doing it alone. We are taking a community-based approach,

Shame on Boeing for Endorsing Trump’s Racism

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John Burbank | August 16, 2017

Watching the nation’s white nationalist-in-chief Donald Trump yesterday was a wrenching experience. Trump defended white supremacists, saying that people who associate with them aren’t all “bad guys” and blamed the “Alt-Left” for standing up to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Although all of his lieutenants loo

Don’t Fall for Millionaire Victimhood

A sign welcoming new residents to Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Source: Joe Wolf / Flickr

Matthew Caruchet | August 4, 2017

As ballots are counted across King County, it looks like Prop 1 has failed. It had a worthy purpose – making art more accessible to low-income residents – but it was paid for with yet another sales tax in a city that feels that it’s been taxed enough. But it feels that way because some residents are paying mo

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