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Coalition wants to ‘Trump-proof’ Seattle with income tax

News Coverage | February 28, 2017 | Seattle Times

The Transit Riders Union, Economic Opportunity Institute and other local organizations are launching a campaign called “Trump Proof Seattle” to start a city income tax on wealthy households.

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.

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.

Fact-checking Olympia’s Initiative 1 proposal to fund tuition through an income tax

News Coverage | October 31, 2016 | The Olympian

Supporters and opponents of an unprecedented income tax initiative in Olympia are working hard to spread their message to voters ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. But are both campaigns sticking to the facts?

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

News Coverage | October 26, 2016 | Public News Service

Jobs are coming back and incomes are improving across Washington state, but families still are struggling to pay for the basics, according to a new report. Study author Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, believes voters should pass Initiative 1433 this November and raise the minimum wage for workers.

Wealthy King County donors bankroll Olympia ballot proposal

News Coverage | October 17, 2016 | The Olympian

Initiative 1 calls for creating a public college tuition fund that would be funded by a 1.5 percent tax on all household income within Olympia city limits that exceeds $200,000 a year. The Economic Opportunity Institute of Seattle drew up the blueprint for Initiative 1 and has been a driving force behind the initiative.

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

News Coverage | September 27, 2016 | Public News Service

If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the report finds full-time working women are slowly closing the disparity, making about 80 percent nationally of what their male counterparts make. Marilyn Watkins, policy director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, said the issue isn't just that women are paid less for the same job title. Often, as in the technology field, they are shuffled into lower-paying positions.

Study Grades WA Workplace Accommodations for Expectant Parents

News Coverage | August 31, 2016 | Public News Service

The Evergreen State has room for improvement when it comes to protecting working families, according to a new report. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Washington a "B-minus" grade in a recent study assessing states’ workplace policies to protect expectant and new parents - including paid family leave and workplace accommodations for pregnant women.

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

News Coverage | April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

A new proposal calls for creating a 1.5% tax on household income in excess of $200,000 in Olympia, WA. If it passes, every public high school graduate and GED recipient living inside city boundaries would be eligible for money to pay for the first year of tuition at any community college, or an equivalent amount can be applied to tuition at any public university in Washington.

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