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Mounting evidence shows minimum wage increase actually boosts jobs

Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of

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Four years after the recession: The ups and downs of Washington’s economy

Washington began shedding jobs in the fall of 2008 as the Great Recession started taking its toll on the state. That was more than four years ago, and many workers and families are still experiencing the effects of the recession.

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Want to create jobs? Make it possible for everyone to do it

Republican leaders like Speaker Boehner have suggested that increasing tax rates on the wealthiest one percent of Americans would be a mistake, alleging that the top one percent are the preeminent job creators and entrepreneurs in our economy. In fact,

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Guess which gender is bearing the brunt of Washington state’s budget cuts?

The Great Recession and ensuing state budget cuts have severely impacted women’s employment, economic security, health, and safety, according to a recent brief from the Washington Budget and Policy Center. A few of the highlights lowlights: Of the $10 billion in

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Washington’s economy: Back in the frying pan for 2012

It has been four years since the Great Recession began taking its toll on Washington’s economy. Today, it’s difficult to be even cautiously optimistic about news of recent growth. Revised employment numbers show nearly 2% growth for Washington’s industries in

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More Washingtonians wait-listed for Basic Health as employers cut coverage

Even during economic upswings, the number of Washingtonians without health insurance just keeps climbing as businesses reduce coverage. In 2002, three out of four Washington employers offered health coverage to full-time employees; as of 2010, only just over half were

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Posted in Health Care

Public sector cuts are holding back economic recovery in Washington

The latest economic forecast for Washington state, issued by Washington’s soon-to-be-former Chief Economist Arun Raha, shows we may be beginning to dig out from the recession – but public sector cuts are holding back the recovery: The bright spots: The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Seattle Business Magazine: Keep the Minimum Wage High

From the Seattle Business Magazine | By John Levesque Now is not the time for Washington state to scale back on providing a decent living wage. You probably heard this one before: Having a job is the new raise. True

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Four new economic development policies to help us recover from the recession

Guest post by Stan Sorscher (cross-posted from Huffington Post) Let’s look at public policies for economic development that help us recover from the recession. In one view of economic development, the role of government is to “make business succeed.” In

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, EOI, Higher Education

Nick Hanauer: Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators

Nick Hanauer – a wealthy Seattle entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist – recently authored a column in Bloomberg Business week titled “Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators.” His argument: simple supply and demand. That’s why I can

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy
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