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“We have a 1063 in progress. The governor’s hands are tied.”

via Slog: On teacherswithspine.org, here’s a trailer for a bona fide Washington State thriller (made by Sandy Cioffi and three graduates from the now-maybe-defunct, maybe-coming-back-in-some-form Seattle Central Community College film program—a possible deal may be in the works to restore

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How raising revenue for public services could create 17,000 jobs

State and local government budget cuts and layoffs, combined with the sharp falloff of federal investment, are slowing down the tenuous beginnings of economic recovery and threatening to derail it altogether. Since 2009, Washington policymakers have slashed billions of dollars

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How to modernize Washington’s tax code and rebuild our local economy

Washington legislators will convene a special session this fall to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in the state’s expected revenue for 2011-13, brought on by high unemployment and the lingering recession. State lawmakers have already slashed billions of dollars from

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check

So-called recovery means less income for working and middle class

A recent report by Sentier Research shows real median household income is continuing to decline for the American working and middle class. The typical household income has lost more income since the economy recovery supposedly began than during the Great

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Have your cake and eat it too? Microsoft and Boeing show true colors in higher ed funding debate

In a recent post on the Seattle PI blog, reporter and blogger Chris Grygiel comments on the “chutzpah” of Boeing and Microsoft for celebrating the “transformation” of higher education in Washington state. What’s he talking about? Grygiel explains several bills passed

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Job creation, not austerity, should be policy goal

In an NPR interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why public investments in infrastructure, technology and education aren’t only good for job creation – they guarantee the “future potential output” of the economy. These types of investments pay huge

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Can Washington Fund The Education System Our Kids Need?

This weekend, EOI Policy Director Marilyn Watkins gave a presentation at the Washington State PTA conference. The theme of the presentation was “Can we fund the education system our kids need: Public budgets and the public good”. The following videos

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Tax breaks burden poor

From the Spokane Spokesman-Review: Washington state is fast on its way to becoming the Evergreen gated community, with starkly different futures for the haves and have-nots. It’s time to tell our elected officials to set a better course. Our state

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Will multi-billion dollar tax loopholes in Washington’s budget go to the ballot?

By Gary Burris, EOI Senior Policy Associate State legislators are floating new proposals to end billions of dollars in tax loopholes now on the books, in an effort to curb $5 billion in projected cuts to education, health care and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education
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