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State-sponsored retirement savings plans off to a strong start in 2015

On May 18, 2015, Washington became the 4th state to enact a law to provide private sector workers with new options for retirement savings. These state efforts continue to gain significant momentum. Illinois enacted its Secure Choice retirement savings plan in

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Posted in Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Long-term benefits of breastfeeding underscore need for paid family leave

“Prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability.” A recently published study of 6,000 infants in

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Posted in Paid Family and Medical Leave

A woman’s work is never done: A new economic agenda

Women’s work is central to our economy. Most households couldn’t make ends meet without women’s income. Yet, women make less than men across every occupation. Because employers find ways to pay women less, families struggle to pay their bills, and

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Posted in Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Women in the Workforce, Work & Family

Minimum wage increases: The justice of redistribution

As we enter 2015, three million low-wage workers in 21 states will gain a small increase in their wages, thanks to increases in state minimum wages. People you know will see a wage increase — your neighbor, your teenage kid, the

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Ensuring foster care system success requires investment

According to the Children’s Bureau’s most recent data, Washington receives one of the highest foster care subsidies in America. That means over 99% of foster parents receive subsidies for taking in foster children. Yet, we still struggle in providing adequate

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Posted in Tax and Budget

Recognizing health care as a human right

Washington state has long been a leader in health care innovation – from the success of Cover All Kids, which has enabled every low-income child, including undocumented children, access to health coverage, to the most recent feat of establishing a

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Posted in Health Care

Growing trade deficit with China has cost 55,900 Washington state jobs since 2001

Over 3.2 million jobs have been lost nationwide due to trade with China. Growth in the U.S. goods trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2013 eliminated or displaced 55,900 jobs in Washington state, according to China Trade, Outsourcing and Jobs,

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Posted in State Economy

What wage do Washingtonians need to earn to meet basic costs?

There’s a lot of talk about the minimum wage these days. But how much do Washingtonians actually need to earn in order to meet basic costs — and what are basic costs for a single-parent family (as 29% of children

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Posted in Minimum Wage
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