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    Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

    Issue Brief | October 20, 2016 | By Carolanne Sanders, John Burbank

    Washington has taken commendable steps toward building a high quality early childhood education system. Substantive public investment in early learning – primarily through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) –  is expand

    Time for a Raise

    Issue Brief | October 20, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Seattle’s job boom may be making headlines, but new data show the economy is growing across Washington state. Employment markets from Spokane to Longview have experienced several years of job growth. In most counties, typical household incomes are also up, while poverty rates are down. But the news is not all

    Quick Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Fact Sheet | September 28, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    A new baby, cancer diagnosis, or dying parent – occasionally we all need to take extended time away from work to care for family or health. California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island have programs to provide all workers with paid leave when a new child arrives in the family or a serious health conditi

    Preserve, Protect, Pass On

    Issue Brief | September 7, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins, Miranda Vargas

    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

    Health Coverage in King County

    Issue Brief | August 25, 2016 | By John Burbank

    King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified Health Plans offered through the Washin

    Every Job a Path to Opportunity

    Report | August 3, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

    2015 Annual Report

    Report | July 15, 2016

    The Economic Opportunity Institute’s mission is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Highlights Paid Sick Days We began 2015 celebrating a victory: Tacoma p

    Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Issue Brief | May 6, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Establishing universal paid family and medical leave in the United States is critical to restoring economic security for working families and overcoming the entrenched inequities of race, gender, and class that undermine our economy and squash opportunity for far too many. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly c

    Equal Pay and Opportunity

    Issue Brief | April 12, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins, Sam Hatzenbeler

    From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more than women. Social scientists and economists have found clear evidence that gender-based discrimination persists – and is so deeply ingrained in culture and practice that it often goes unrecognized. Ensuring th

    Senate’s proposed Equal Pay legislation is a step backward for women, families, communities

    Testimony | February 27, 2016 | By Marilyn Watkins

    Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on ESHB 1646, Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 26, 2016 Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to the striking amendment on House Bill 1646. Unequal pay is hurting Washington w

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