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In taking D.C. post, state senator isn’t doing either job justice

Commentary | February 8, 2017 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

If you’re a public official, it’s all the more important to keep a bright line between your personal interests, and the interests of those you’re elected to serve. Unfortunately, there’s a real-life example of what happens when that line fades right here in Washington.

Paid family leave does right thing for working families

Commentary | January 25, 2017 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

It’s not too early to say that the first few moves from the new Trump administration don’t bode well: In just a week, Trump has already issued executive orders that threaten working families, from taking the first steps toward unravelling affordable health care to cancelling a reduction of mortgage rates for first-time homebuyers. I can only hope that these are just the opening moves, and that working families will ultimately win the game. But we can’t sit back and watch, hoping. Because that sort of passivity invites despair. What we can do is uphold our promises to working families in our own neck of the woods.

Washington lawmakers introduce most progressive paid family leave bill in the country

News Coverage | January 23, 2017 | Think Progress

Marilyn Watkins, policy director of the Economic Opportunity Institute and an advocate who has long been involved in pushing for paid leave in the state, noted that just days after the Democrats’ bill was introduced, a second one sponsored mostly by Republicans was introduced that would provide mostly universal family leave. “This is an issue that has some real legs this year,” she said.

Podcast: Paid Parental Leave – Panel Discussion

News Coverage | January 14, 2017 | Seattle Public Library

Listen to a panel discussion and learn about the paid family leave policy that will be considered by state legislators in 2017. Panel guests include Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute; Rich Fox, President of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance; and Danielle Hulton Co-Owner of Ada's Technical Bookstore and Cafe.

Repeal of Obamacare will affect more than you might think

Commentary | January 11, 2017 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

The thing about the Affordable Care Act is that if you pull one string, the whole blanket will fall apart….and there goes health coverage for millions. Should you be afraid of what the Republican Congress and Senate and Trump are planning to do? No matter who you are, you should be.

2017’s Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities

News Coverage | January 11, 2017 | WalletHub

Local economies still struggling to rebound from the downturn risk losing their skilled workforce or filing for bankruptcy. But, with some strategizing, they may be able to avoid such lasting consequences and extreme remedies. We turned to a panel of leading experts for advice on what policymakers, businesses and citizens can focus on in order to achieve recovery. Featuring comments by Marilyn Watkins, EOI's Policy Director.

Boost of minimum wage can make economy great again

Commentary | December 28, 2016 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

I like to think that when we say “make America great again,” we simply want to return to the economic norms of 50 years ago, when Congress periodically and in a bipartisan manner raised the federal minimum wage to keep up with inflation and productivity, when both wages in general and profits increased with productivity increases, and when the average household income was on the rise.

Inslee’s Budget A Victory For Equitable Education

Commentary | December 20, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins | South Seattle Emerald

South Seattle residents should demand their legislators push state House leadership to go bold. In these dark times for our nation, we can’t limit our own vision of a just society with vibrant diverse communities and true opportunities to pursue happiness for all. We won’t get out of the darkness without hope and light.

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

Commentary | December 15, 2016 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

The Affordable Care Act could and should be improved. But it does work. Millions of people in our state alone have health coverage that they did not have before. What we need to do now is to decrease health care costs and eliminate wasteful unnecessary care. That means driving down the costs of pharmaceuticals, hospitalization and specialty care. But that would mean taking on the “swamp” of special interests in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress swim in that swamp. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have a replacement. That’s their plan for making America great again. But that’s not our America.

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

Commentary | November 30, 2016 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

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.

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