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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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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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What wage do Washingtonians need to earn to meet basic costs?

There’s a lot of talk about the minimum wage these days. But how much do Washingtonians actually need to earn in order to meet basic costs — and what are basic costs for a single-parent family (as 29% of children

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10 States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day

Raises will benefit nearly 1 million workers, boost consumer spending and accelerate the economic recovery The minimum wage will increase in ten states on January 1st, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly one million low-paid workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,

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What do seniors buy? A simple question that can improve Social Security

The big news of last week for those receiving Social Security benefits was the announcement of a 1.7% benefit increase for 2013, thanks to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) linked to inflation. These COLAs began in 1975, when Congress tied annual

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The Effects of WA’s Higher Minimum Wage

From the Washington News Service When Washington’s hourly minimum wage increases in January, it will mean $6 more per week for full-time workers at that pay rate. The 15-cent increase raises their annual income to a bit more than $19,000.

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What’s behind Washington’s 2013 minimum wage increase

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) just announced a 15-cent bump to Washington’s 2013 minimum wage – to $9.19 per hour, or just over $19,000 for a full-time worker. The reason for the increase? A 1998 voter-approved initiative

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Washington’s 2013 minimum wage paces inflation, but doesn’t meet basic expenses for most

For nearly 300,000 people working at or near Washington’s minimum wage, the 15-cent cost-of-living adjustment (to $9.19 per hour) scheduled for January 1st, 2013 will help their paychecks keep up with the cost of living – but it’s far short

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