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Rather than being a job killer, a minimum wage boost increases them

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| John Burbank | March 22, 2017 | Everett Herald

In praise of Nordic skiing and immigrants who brought it here

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Economic Opportunity Institute | March 8, 2017

Spring may be around the corner, although winter seems to be hanging on around Puget Sound. So, while the Mariners are in spring training in Arizona, and high school basketball has wrapped up, we still have time to look up to the mountains and, if we have the resources, go skiing. When people think of skiing,

In praise of Nordic skiing and immigrants who brought it here

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| John Burbank | March 8, 2017 | Everett Herald

Tax breaks for Boeing have helped send jobs out of state

Column Tax Reform Tax and Budget

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

Tax breaks for Boeing have helped send jobs out of state

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| John Burbank | February 22, 2017 | Everett Herald

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

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

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| John Burbank | February 8, 2017 | Everett Herald

Promises and progress on paid family and medical leave in legislature’s hands

Column Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

John Burbank | January 25, 2017

Nobody likes broken promises. And for the last year, there’s been a lot of promises about lifting up working families and building a better economy. Now, it’s too early to call promises broken. But it’s not too early to say that the first few moves from the new Trump administration don’t bode well: In just a

Paid family leave does right thing for working families

Column Paid Family and Medical Leave Work & Family

| John Burbank | January 25, 2017 | Everett Herald

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

Column Health Care

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

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