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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 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

Yes, it’s the Monday before the election and Robert Samuelson wants us to cut Social Security

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Economic Opportunity Institute | November 7, 2016

Yep, he tells us the real national embarrassment is not having a racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate as a major party presidential nominee. It’s not our failure to address global warming so our kids might face a ruined planet. No, Robert Samuelson tells us our real national embarrassment is that we have an a

Preserve, Protect, Pass On

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Issue Brief | Marilyn Watkins, Miranda Vargas | September 7, 2016

Summary Social Security is a longstanding success of our democratic system. It provides financial security and stable incomes to 60 million Americans directly receiving retirement, disability, or survivor benefits.[i] In Washington state, 29% of households depend on Social Security income.[ii] Social Security

The Truth About Social Security’s Solvency and You

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Economic Opportunity Institute | June 24, 2016

What’s ahead, what the candidates say, and a forecast for Medicare [By Chris Farrell via Next Avenue] Social Security’s recently released 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees on the system’s financial condition is 272 pages long and a doorstop. The report is dense, full of detailed tables and conservat

Three issues where your vote will make a big difference this fall

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Marilyn Watkins | March 7, 2016

The gender wage gap has multiple causes and manifestations, and no single policy change will solve it. We also are not going to overcome it by waiting for “cultural change” or simply encouraging employers to adopt more women- and family-friendly policies. Just as women didn’t get the right to vote or particip

Gender Pay Gap Contributes to Economic Insecurity for Older Women

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Marilyn Watkins | March 4, 2016

The inequalities of gender, race and income that plague U.S. society directly impact the lives of King County’s older residents. Income in retirement is based on earlier earnings, and so reflects inequities in educational and employment opportunity. A lifetime of stress and economic insecurity can result in p

Gender Pay Gap Contributes to Economic Insecurity for Older Women

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| Marilyn Watkins | March 3, 2016 | AgeWise King County

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