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Boost of minimum wage can make economy great again

Eighteen years ago the people of our state became public pioneers by passing into law the first minimum wage initiative that, like Social Security, included an automatic COLA – a cost-of-living adjustment. With this law, we made sure that the

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

February 1, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and SSB 6087, before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, February 1, 2016. Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, speaking in opposition to SB

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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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The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

June 30, 2015

Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families receiving food stamps had at least one member working, and 25% had 2 or more members working.[1] Of low-wage workers in Washington: 29% are parents with children

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

February 19, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Committee on HB 1356 (paid sick and safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hour minimum wage), and HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation), February 17, 2015: I’m Marilyn Watkins of EOI. Together these 3 bills

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“Teen workers along with everyone else need to receive fair compensation for their labor.”

“Teen workers along with everyone else need to receive fair compensation for their labor.”

February 6, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, speaks before the Washington State Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on SB 5421 (teen summer employment wage) and SB 5422 (temporary teen training wage), February 4, 2015: Good afternoon. I am Marilyn Watkins with the Economic Opportunity Institute, testifying in

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Resolution: Let’s choose to respect all workers

Happy New Year! Often we take the first day of the year to look back to what happened, or didn’t, in the previous year. That doesn’t make a road map for the future. So why don’t we imagine looking back

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Senate Unanimously Votes Against Cuts to Social Security, Media Don’t Notice

There are few areas where the corruption of the national media is more apparent than in its treatment of Social Security. Most of the elite media have made it clear in both their opinion and news pages that they want to see benefits cut. In keeping with this position they highlight the views of political figures who push cuts to the program, treating them as responsible, while those who oppose cuts are ignored or mocked.

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The New York Times gets it right on Social Security

This Saturday, the New York Times editorial board took a hard look at a recently proposed cut to Social Security: using a “chained” CPI (Consumer Price Index) to calculate cost-of-living adjustments. What’s the chained CPI – and why does it

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Forward!

So that fiscal cliff wasn’t much of a ride, was it? We went over that cliff for a day and a half, and nothing much happened. Then Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” and we are off

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