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Mother is calling on Gov. Inslee to fund paid maternity leave (Video)

Rebecca Valley, a new mom who works as an Administrative Assistant in Everett, is calling on Governor Jay Inslee to fund paid maternity leave. When she gave birth 11 months ago to her daughter Matilda, Rebecca planned to use her

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Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security

Washington Policy Watch: Retirement Security What happened, what it means – and what’s next Sometimes it’s hard to “read between the headlines” and really make sense of what’s going on in Olympia. Did we make progress – why? Does next year

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The stalemate over Washington state’s budget

The stalemate in Olympia over Washington state’s budget represents an ideological divide that won’t be overcome by negotiators sitting long enough in a room together. And unfortunately, neither side has proposed a budget and revenue package that would actually fully

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Posted in State Economy, Tax and Budget

The Racial Equity Team: Addressing racial disparities in legislative policy

The Racial Equity Team is a people of color-led network of community leaders, activists and lobbyists that work to empower communities of color to access their political voice through legislative advocacy. Their purpose is to promote equity of opportunity and

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The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

The Equal Pay Opportunity Act

January 22, 2015

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

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

Illinois Secure Choice retirement plan will help fill the retirement gap

Last week, the Illinois General Assembly joined the State Senate by passing the Secure Choice Retirement plan (SB 2758). If signed by out-going Governor Quinn, Illinois will be the second state in the nation to adopt and perhaps the first

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Why living wages are important for my workers, business & the community

By Molly Moon Neitzel When I first decided to open an ice cream shop, I knew that one of my goals would be to pay all of my employees a living wage. So I wrote it into my business plan,

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Yes, I-1351 costs money, but our kids are worth it

It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voter’s pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/ disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for

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Posted in Column

In Washington, more of us are rich and more of us are poor

Poverty is growing, median income has barely budged, and more households have 6-figure incomes. High poverty rates have hardly budged since the height of the Great Recession, according to newly released Census data. Nationally, 14.5% of the population — more than 45 million

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Respect all work – and grow the economy, too: raise the minimum wage

Thirty plus years of trickledown economics hasn’t worked. We need to return to policies that grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.

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Posted in Minimum Wage
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