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Inside Outlook: Tuition and Debt [VIDEO]

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News Coverage | January 27, 2015 | UWTV

Rising tuition is not unique to the University of Washington. It is being felt by students across the country and has profound implications for both the individual and the economy at large. What is driving these tuition increases and what can be done to slow this trend? What can we do to insure affordable access to higher education for future generations? On this episode of Inside Outlook, we address these questions and more. (Feat. John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI)

Legislators look at bridging gender pay gap

News Coverage | January 23, 2015 | Crosscut.com

Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island. Senn and Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, plan to introduce companion bills to require employers to provide valid reasons — such as differences in education, training or experience — if employees challenge pay disparities between workers of the opposite sex for essentially the same work. The Seattle-based social issues think tank Economic Opportunity Institute crunched the census and survey numbers.

Pity Washington’s unhappy legislators

News Coverage | January 17, 2015 | The Oregonian

Last September, the Washington Supreme Court threatened to hold the Legislature in contempt because it had "not complied with its duty to make ample provision for the education of all children in Washington. As Washington's Legislature opens, John Burbank, the Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, weighs in.

New year, new laws take effect in Mountain State

News Coverage | January 3, 2015 | WDTV.com

With the new year comes some new laws. What can you expect in West Virginia? Some new laws go into effect immediately, like the minimum wage increase. On New Year's Eve, many of you were raising your glass because on January 1st, the minimum wage in our state went from $7.25 an hour to $8 an hour, a 75 cent increase.

Voter support clear for wage, leave legislation

News Coverage | November 19, 2014 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

The just-concluded elections helped to resolve nothing in our state. The Republican majority in the state Senate and Democratic majority in the state House probably won't agree on much of anything. But perhaps the Legislature can take a few hints from other states and cities around the country.

NOW’s Terry O’Neill: Just don’t call her the ‘lady president’

News Coverage | June 15, 2014 | By Marilyn Watkins | The Seattle Times

And, because women still earn less than men in the workplace and have less access to retirement benefits, Social Security is the last defense against poverty for women in their golden years. That concern is what brought O’Neill to Seattle last week. She joined U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, of Bellevue, and Marilyn Watkins, of the Economic Opportunity Institute for a community forum on the future of Social Security.

Why Can’t College Be Free?

News Coverage | June 13, 2014 | In These Times

Is the best tuition no tuition, and is that really feasible? In These Times asked John Burbank, executive director of the progressive policy think tank the Economic Opportunity Institute; Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Bob Samuels, a lecturer at UCLA and author of Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free, to give their proposals.

Burbank: Finland, a fine role model

News Coverage | May 21, 2014 | By John Burbank | Sequium Gazette

I just returned from a trip to Finland to visit old friends. I brought home a bill from a hospital. You may wonder how these two things connect. The bill from the hospital was for a friend of mine. She needed a new hip. So for five days in the hospital, the surgery, the surgeon’s salary, the artificial hip, and all the necessary care and medicine, she paid $224. That’s it. Period. No co-insurance, no donut hole for prescriptions, no premium, no co-pay.

Happy Mom’s Day: You Still Earn Just 77 Cents to a Man’s Dollar

News Coverage | May 11, 2014 | By Marilyn Watkins | Rainier Valley Post

Most kids today grow up with their mom in the workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, two-thirds of new mothers now return to paid work within a year after giving birth, usually in the first few months.

Tuesday Jolt: Paid Sick Leave (Mostly) a Success

News Coverage | April 22, 2014 | PubliCola

A new audit released by the city auditor may be instructive for proponents of the $15 minimum wage: It concludes that employers are indeed implementing the paid sick leave law, and that it isn't costing them nearly as much as they predicted when the city council was debating the proposal three years ago.

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