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Socialist Linchpin Moody’s Investors Service Blasts Amazon’s Influence on Seattle

Karl Marx-inspired credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service issued a report this month saying that Amazon’s bullying tactics over Seattle’s newly-passed employee hours tax show it has too much influence over our city. The tax would require businesses with more

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Funding Public Services

Nipples – The New Side of Jeff Bezos?

On Friday, the New York Times printed an article on Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to create a personal brand. The article came on the heels of his and his wife’s $33 million donation to a nonprofit that provides college scholarships

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Dear Seattle: Having a Rich Neighbor Won’t Make You Rich

Cheerleaders of “prosperity” have treated the economic boom in Seattle like sports fans. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, crowds filled the streets chanting, “We did it!” While the people in the street didn’t literally touch the

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Let Amazon Hike Up Rents Somewhere Else

Amazon is planning to open a second headquarters (in Amazon speak, HQ2), in another city – not in Seattle. I worry for the city that next falls victim to Amazon, but this is a good thing for Seattle. We as

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

In 2016, let’s work to create a future with better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days

Paid Parental Leave Should Be Extended To All

Amazon has joined the growing list of tech companies to expand paid parental leave policies. Earlier this year, Microsoft, Netflix, and Adobe also announced more time off for new mothers and fathers. Between them, Microsoft and Amazon have over 60,000 employees in

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Bending the Arc of History

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class. Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, “…corporations use their growing monopoly power to raise prices without passing the gains on to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Corporate tax subsidies take up 15 cents of every public dollar spent in Washington

Recently, the New York Times released a database examining the incentives and subsidies corporations receive from various states. They identified 48 companies that have received more than $100 million in state grants since 2007, including companies with strong ties to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

Judge’s ruling on initiative boosts our democracy

Every student learns the American mantra from their teachers and parents: work hard, play by the rules, and you’ll have a chance to get ahead. This month’s crop of graduating high school seniors is powerful evidence that Washington’s students do

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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