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Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Equal Pay, Health Care, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

Delivering on the promise of Social Security: America’s pension plan

Delivering on the promise of Social Security: America’s pension plan

November 3, 2017

Social Security is crucial to Washingtonians’ economic security and our state’s economy Nearly 1.3 million Washington residents receive Social Security benefits, representing 18% of the state’s population, who in turn provide income for 30% of the state’s households.[1] Seventy-five percent

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Yes, it’s the Monday before the election and Robert Samuelson wants us to cut Social Security

Yep, he tells us the real national embarrassment is not having a racist, sexist, xenophobic candidate as a major party presidential nominee. It’s not our failure to address global warming so our kids might face a ruined planet. No, Robert

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Preserve, Protect, Pass On

Preserve, Protect, Pass On

September 7, 2016

Summary Social Security is a longstanding success of our democratic system. It provides financial security and stable incomes to 60 million Americans directly receiving retirement, disability, or survivor benefits.[i] In Washington state, 29% of households depend on Social Security income.[ii]

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Senate bills look to fairly adjust Social Security for seniors

The 121,000 people who receive Social Security benefits in Snohomish County will be getting a rude non-surprise on Jan. 1. That’s because they will not see any COLA increase in their Social Security checks. Why not? The COLA, the annual

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Work ‘Till We Die [VIDEO]

October 1, 2015

The loudest calls for cutting Social Security come from wealthy CEOs who will never have to worry about their own retirement security. The roughly 200 CEOs who collectively make up Business Roundtable — a business lobbying group that often pushes

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Social Security 101

Social Security 101

August 14, 2015

Social Security is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children, as well as working and retired Americans. The Social Security system currently operates at a surplus, and with a few minor tweaks, will continue to do so now

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Response to the 2015 Social Security Trustees’ annual report

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, one of our nation’s most important programs. Social Security ensures working people and their families reliable income to meet their basic needs – in retirement or if the worker dies or

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States Tackle America’s Retirement-Savings Shortfall

Ed. Note: Legislation creating Washington’s Small Business Retirement Marketplace was developed and supported via collaboration between the Economic Opportunity Institute, AARP Washington, Small Business Majority, and state legislators. A growing number of state legislatures are trying to solve the nation’s retirement

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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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