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The agony of victory, the thrill of defeat: WA legislature ends session with a whimper, not a bang

Guest post by Brendan Williams, former Washington state representative from the 22nd legislative district. As a legislator I came to realize no principle on Earth could withstand the arbitrary pressure to adjourn on time – if such potential existed but

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

How Washington’s unemployment insurance program keeps our economy on track

By David Groves | Washington State Labor Council Imagine a company that does business in every county in Washington state, pumping billions in payroll dollars into our economy. Better still, this company is counter-cyclical, ramping up hiring and payroll when

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Unemployment benefits: Hope for a hard luck story

I have to wonder whether the Seattle Times editorial board did its homework before writing this editorial condemning bipartisan state legislation to increase unemployment benefits. Did they run the numbers before printing: “High benefits also encourage recipients to be choosier

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work

Unemployment insurance: Money well spent

The most basic principle of economics is supply and demand. When consumers pay for a product, the market responds with a supply that is equal to the demand. Unfortunately (as the text books will tell you) things only work this

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Retirement Security, Social Security

Community Jobs Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation

Community Jobs Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation

September 1, 2000

The new era of welfare reform emphasizing the movement from welfare to work began in 1996 with the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). The PRWORA abolished entitlements to public assistance, created Temporary Assistance to

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Posted in Community Jobs
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