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New Jersey creates ‘Pay It Forward’ task force to address college costs

New Jersey will create a task force to study how to make college more affordable for the state’s students under a law signed Thursday. The commission will study a “Pay it Forward Pilot Program,” in which public college and universities could

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Irony Alert: Legislators want to gut GET (because their budget cuts jacked up college tuition)

State Senate Leader Rodney Tom and other state legislators are mulling an end to Washington’s popular Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program. Their contention: GET doesn’t operate in the black. The real problem: their own higher ed budget cuts have jacked up

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

As students, they got affordable tuition – but as WA lawmakers, they raised it

Many of our state lawmakers got where they are today thanks to the affordable education they received at Washington State’s public universities. So how does the opportunity they enjoyed compare to what they are offering this year’s freshman class? The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

More college degrees would lower unemployment in Puget Sound area

A recent report shows why education may be key to lowering the unemployment rate. In a nod to the increasing importance of a college degree, a report from the Brookings Institution finds a shortage of educated workers is keeping unemployment

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

This is one promise worth keeping

Today there is plenty of evidence the American Dream is in serious trouble. A recent Federal Reserve study found median household net worth has dropped almost 40% since 2007. With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, how can the next

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, EOI, Higher Education

With student debt exploding, how can we restore the promise of the Greatest Generation?

If education is the great equalizer, then steep annual tuition increases are the great divider – a reminder that a college education is quickly becoming a luxury item that fewer middle class families can afford. Tuition at public colleges and

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Washington state’s tax breaks are breaking the bank – and crippling our schools

From the Everett Herald: Occupy Wall Street has turned the national conversation to corporate privilege vs. the 99 percent. The mainstream media has “discovered” the yawning chasm in income, privilege and well-being between Main Street and Wall Street. No surprise

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

You can’t win in America’s casino economy – unless you change the rules

A casino can be an entertaining way to pass the time, provided you know two things: 1) you’re probably going to lose; and 2) if you win, it’s not because of skill – its luck. But even “no-limit” poker is

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Retirement Security, Social Security

National unity requires equality of opportunity

Reprinted from The Everett Herald It isn’t any surprise that people are pessimistic and negative right now. If we have jobs, we are worried about keeping them. If we don’t, we are worried about making ends meet, especially as unemployment

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Public policy choices built the middle class – and they can also destroy it

For 30 years Washington state and the U.S. as a whole have experienced a decline in the middle class. If you listen to the pundits on TV, it sounds like it was inevitable – or at least unavoidable. Nothing could

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Retirement Security
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