Issues

Early Learning

Children with access to high-quality early learning and care (from birth to five years of age) do better in school, are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college, and are less likely to commit crime. Public policies that support h

Full Day Kindergarten

A high-quality education lays the foundation for a thriving society, yet many American children enter the primary school system unprepared to learn, and statistics prove the American public education system is far below average when compared to those

Health Care

Washington’s health care system is failing the public. A growing number of people are uninsured or under-insured, and the system emphasizes treating the ill rather than preventing illness. EOI is working to develop a value-added approach for universa

Higher Education

As centers of education, research, and innovation, public colleges and universities spur economic development throughout the state. They help train and educate our ever-growing workforce, ensuring our state remains competitive in the global economy,

Minimum Wage

In 1998, EOI worked with allies to pass Initiative 688. The Paycheck Protection Act passed in every county in the state, making Washington the first state to index minimum wage to inflation. For many years, Washington’s minimum wage was best-in-the-n

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – a handful of times in life, we all need to take significant time off work to care for our families or ourselves. But most workers have only limited paid leave to deal with their fam

Paid Sick Days

We all get sick. But not everyone can stay home when they are contagious. In cities and states without paid sick days standards, 2 of every 5 workers don’t earn a single day of paid sick leave, including many on the front lines of public health and f

Retirement Security Accounts

Employee retirement plans are too complex and expensive. Endless options, hidden fees and excessive fine print put most plans out of reach for small business owners and their employees. EOI is working with representatives from credit unions, banks, a

Social Security

Social Security is one of the great achievements of American democracy. It represents the best of our values – honoring our parents, respecting hard work, and supporting families. EOI is working to protect, strengthen and expand Social Security benef

State Economy

Despite strong growth in overall economic productivity over the past decade, the majority of Washington’s working families have not shared in the economic wealth they have helped create. EOI is working to ensure economic growth is founded on broad-ba

Tax and Budget

From roads and utilities to schools, parks, and firefighters, everyone benefits from public investments that yield well-educated citizens, profitable businesses, safe communities and a healthy environment. But our state’s tax structure, last updated