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The Bottom Line on Social Security’s Bottom Line

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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

Washington Launches Marketplace to Help More Retire Securely

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John Burbank | March 20, 2018

Yesterday the Washington State Department of Commerce launched the new Retirement Marketplace, allowing workers and employers to save for retirement with ease. With over 2 million employees in our state unable to save for their retirement through their employers, this marketplace can be a big help. Almost hal

The Republican Plan for Paid Family Leave: Cannibalize Social Security

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Aaron Keating | February 22, 2018

That so-called “pro-family” agenda of today’s Republican party? Not so much. Their latest idea: cannibalize Social Security to fund paid family leave, and have parents work longer into old age (or take lower benefits). It’s a backdoor attempt, both shrewd and crass, to privatize and cut Social Security — one

Immigrants Play a Vital Role in Securing our Social Security System’s Future

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 31, 2018

by Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and EOI board member Donald Trump and his administration are holding millions of young Americans hostage. In return for ending the deportation of Dreamers who were brought to this country as children and have lived here most of their lives, Trump is demandin

Time to focus on retirement options

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| John Burbank | December 13, 2017 | Sequim Gazette

Social Security: The Swiss Army Knife of American public policy

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Aaron Keating | November 3, 2017

The next time you hear a Very Serious Person’s pronouncement about Social Security’s supposedly impending doom, remember: an individual’s interest in seeing Social Security thrive is usually a) inversely proportional to their wealth but b) directly proportional to their empathy for others. How else to explain

Delivering on the promise of Social Security: America’s pension plan

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Fact Sheet | Aaron Keating | November 3, 2017

Social Security is crucial to Washingtonians’ economic security and our state’s economy Nearly 1.3 million Washington residents receive Social Security benefits, representing 18% of the state’s population, who in turn provide income for 30% of the state’s households.[1] Seventy-five percent of benefit recipie

Seattle’s retirement savings plan worth considering

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| John Burbank | October 4, 2017 | Everett Herald

Seattle’s Encouraging Move Towards Universal Retirement Coverage

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John Burbank | October 2, 2017

Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess has announced his intention to implement a retirement savings plan for private sector employees whose employers do not provide any kind of retirement savings vehicles. In the Seattle metro region, that’s about a third of all workers. While Mayor Burgess’ proposal is far from righting

Social Security report shows healthy system in need of fine-tuning

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Matthew Caruchet | July 17, 2017

Last week, the Social Security Trustees published their 269-page annual report on the health of the Social Security Trust Funds, which hold the assets that will help fund future retirement benefits for Social Security recipients. In sum, the future of Social Security is bright, as long as some adjustments are

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