Yearly Archives: 2011

Helping our low-income workers keep up

From the Everett Herald: By Christine L. Owens and Marilyn Watkins In 1998, an overwhelming two-thirds of Washington voters supported a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage and adjust it upward each year to keep pace with the rising … Continue reading

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Today: John Burbank on KUOW’s The Conversation

Tune in to KUOW’s The Conversation with Ross Reynolds today at noon (or a little after) to hear John Burbank, EOI’s Executive Director, talk about how government spending and stimulus has helped to create and sustain tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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Here’s how government helps with job creation

From the Everett Herald: The accepted wisdom is that the wealthy, banks and the biggest corporations are job creators. But in fact, too many are job-taker-away-ers. They suck money, our money, out of the economy and hoard it or spend … Continue reading

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Washington’s best-in-the-nation minimum wage protects paychecks, boosts economy

On January 1st, Washington’s minimum wage will increase by 37 cents to $9.04 per hour, in line with a voter-approved law that provides for raising the minimum wage as the cost-of-living goes up. That bump – making Washington’s the best … Continue reading

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Report: Working Women Falling Behind in WA

From the Washington News Service: SEATTLE – For women in the workforce in Washington, 2011 could be summarized as a year of treading water – or even sinking a bit. According to a new report, women’s wages and benefits in … Continue reading

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Women’s economic security at risk from widening wage gap, lack of benefits

A widening gender wage gap, declining workplace benefits, and state budget cuts are putting Washington’s women at risk for more economic instability and poverty in 2012, according to a new report from the Economic Opportunity Institute, Washington’s Working Women 2012. … Continue reading

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Kick the Can Budgeting

Guest column by Brendan Williams, former Washington State legislator A progressive can fairly argue that one-time budget gimmicks are as insidious as an all-cuts budget in keeping the focus away from the budget sustainability that can only come from real … Continue reading

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