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Response to the 2015 Social Security Trustees’ annual report

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, one of our nation’s most important programs. Social Security ensures working people and their families reliable income to meet their basic needs – in retirement or if the worker dies or

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Using market leverage on drug prices could save Washington state up to $1.2 billion

Americans pay far higher prices for prescription drugs than do people in other wealthy countries. The reason that other countries spend so much less on drugs is that their governments negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical industry. The United States government

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Exploded: Mainstream myths about the minimum wage

It’s no surprise that President Obama continues to make missteps on economic policy — such as returning again and again to the “Grand Bargain”, more apt to result in a “Grand Take-Away”. It’s no surprise because of the people he

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Only in America: Flu outbreak fuels sick leave debate

The flu is pretty common. It’s the lack of paid sick days that sets us apart.

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Welcome to Washington, home of the (more) downwardly mobile

The American Dream is built on the idea that people can move up (or down) the economic ladder within a lifetime or from one generation to the next. But does that really happen?

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Business leaders and local communities see better economy when minimum wage improves

The head of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and an executive of big-box wholesaler Costco endorsed a minimum wage increase just last week. John Levesque, editor of Seattle Business magazine, wrote in favor of the idea earlier this

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Beyond the Weekend: New data reveals how unions benefit communities, consumers, employers, and employees

You’ve probably seen that bumper sticker that says, “The Labor Movement: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend.” While the sentiment rings true – and not just about the weekend, let’s be clear –  it also evokes a kind of

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Posted in Education, Health Care

Turns out that public schools are good for people without kids, too

From Miller-McCune: Few things ignite a community quite like this question: if you don’t have children in the local public schools, should you have to help pay for those schools? Tax exemptions for specific demographic groups like senior citizens, for example,

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Stan Sorscher: Harvest America or Invest in America?

Many American voters seem ready to run our country as if it were a business. Some businesses take a long-range growth perspective, and honor all their stakeholders. A country run that way would be OK. However, other businesses believe their

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Posted in State Economy

Follow Germany’s example to keep manufacturing on American shores

Last year, President Obama asked Steve Jobs what it would take to convince him to build iPods in America, and Jobs said it couldn’t be done. And to hear the political pundits tell it, manufacturing jobs in America will soon

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