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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

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

Column

| John Burbank | December 15, 2016 | Everett Herald

New WA state rule on overtime pay can help fix income inequality

Column Work & Family

John Burbank | November 30, 2016

Two weeks ago the people of our state voted to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2017, and eventually $13.50 in 2020. It’s an important step forward — but just one step. And thanks to a judge in Texas, Washington has some more work to do. Strong as it is, our state’s new minimum wage law doesn’t do muc

Up to state to restore rule on who’s ‘exempt’ from OT pay

Column Work & Family

| John Burbank | November 30, 2016 | Everett Herald

Time to make Electoral College adhere to the popular vote – here’s how

Column

John Burbank | November 16, 2016

Our leaders always reference democracy with the founders of our country. That is not true. The founders had a much different vision of power and control, one that did not and still does not comport with democracy. We started our journey as a nation with the Declaration of Independence, in which the founders s

A way to make Electoral College hew to popular vote

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| John Burbank | November 16, 2016 | Everett Herald

You have meaningful decisions to make on your ballot

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| John Burbank | November 2, 2016 | Everett Herald

Voting, and what it means to be an American

Column

| John Burbank | October 21, 2016 | Everett Herald

Voting, taxes and what it means to be an American

Column

John Burbank | October 21, 2016

When your ballot arrives later this week, take a pause and before you vote, consider, what does it mean to be an American? As Americans, we are all in this election together. We are in this country, this economy, this culture, and this government together. What is government? It is the comprehensive delivery

How our immigrant ancestors built their lives — and the nation

Column

John Burbank | October 6, 2016

My friend invited my wife and me to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday. We enjoyed an evening of great food and wine, stories of the past and hopes for the future. The stories of the past were such powerful American anecdotes that we all thought that my friends should write up their family histories. But t

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