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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

Senate bills look to fairly adjust Social Security for seniors

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| John Burbank | November 5, 2015 | Everett Herald

Senate bills look to fairly adjust Social Security for seniors

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John Burbank | November 5, 2015

The 121,000 people who receive Social Security benefits in Snohomish County will be getting a rude non-surprise on Jan. 1. That’s because they will not see any COLA increase in their Social Security checks. Why not? The COLA, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, accounts for inflation through the consumer pr

VIDEO: (Don’t Wanna) Work ‘Til We Die

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Economic Opportunity Institute | October 2, 2015

Here’s our latest Social Security music video, “Work ‘Till We Die” — it’s got a country/honky-tonk feel, and a catchy little chorus you’ll be humming later. Be sure to sign this letter telling the President and Congress to expand Social Security and “scrap the cap” so everyone pays the same tax rate for the

Work ‘Till We Die [VIDEO]

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Video | October 1, 2015

The loudest calls for cutting Social Security come from wealthy CEOs who will never have to worry about their own retirement security. The roughly 200 CEOs who collectively make up Business Roundtable — a business lobbying group that often pushes conservative views, including Social Security cuts — have ave

Social Security 101

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Presentation | Marilyn Watkins | August 14, 2015

Social Security is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children, as well as working and retired Americans. The Social Security system currently operates at a surplus, and with a few minor tweaks, will continue to do so now and far into the future. But we can improve on Social Security’s winning f

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