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Paid Sick and Safe Days bill clears last committee before full House vote

The Paid Sick and Safe Days bill is one step closer to passage in the Washington state House after clearing the Rules Committee, its final hurdle before being scheduled for a floor vote. “This is a big deal,” said EOI

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Tune in now to watch the House committee hearings on paid sick days and paid family leave bills in Olympia!

Live – House Labor and Workforce Development Committee: House Bill 1457 (Family and medical leave insurance) and House Bill 1313 (paid sick days):

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Say anything: Outgoing senators give the inside scoop

Longtime State Senate leaders Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) and Joe Zarelli (R-Ridgefield) are retiring this year. Join us as they discuss the challenges facing Washington, including the budget shortfall, school funding, skyrocketing tuition, health care and more. Zarelli and Brown will

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, EOI, Health Care, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Expanding Basic Health: The humane thing to do

From the Everett Herald | By John Burbank There’s no other way to say it: Health coverage for new employees is dismal in Washington. Barely half of Washington employers actually offer health coverage to full-time employees. Then there is the

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Posted in Column, Health Care

Help your state legislators understand why paid sick and safe days matter

Crossposted from the Washington Family Leave Coalition: Washington lawmakers are studying two Paid Sick and Safe Days bills during this legislative session (House Bill 2508 and Senate Bill 6229) – and they need to hear from you! Please contact your legislators now to tell

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Tax breaks versus budget cuts as special session approaches

From the San Juan Islander: SEATTLE – Just as most Washington families are finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, state lawmakers will be headed into a special session to trim as much as $2 billion from the state budget. The special

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Counter the lobbyists – create 2000 jobs and provide 1 year of community college free, just by closing three tax breaks

From the Everett Herald: I rode to work in the dark this morning, and I will probably ride home in the dark this evening. It’s that time of year, the sun rising later and setting earlier, Halloween right around the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity

Washington state budget cuts now total $5.2 billion – and counting

Over 3 budget years from 2009 to 2011, Washington State has grappled with a $12 billion shortfall between the projected need for public services and state revenues – which have plunged because of the recession. Federal stimulus money and the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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