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Chart of the Week: Initiative 1098 effective tax rates are lower than most

Initiative 1098 will lower property taxes on residential and commercial property owners, exempt 81% of Washington small businesses from B&O taxes, and reduce the B&O rate for another 12% of businesses. It will offset the revenue reductions with a tax

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Paid family leave: U.S. families falling (way) behind the rest of the world

The social (and economic!) value of paid family leave benefits is undeniable. Research indicates more bonding time lowers rates of infant mortality, improves infant health, and has a strong positive correlation to improved access to medical services. And when workers

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Chart of the week: Support for paid sick days extends across the political spectrum

A recent survey designed and conducted by National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago asked Americans about their support for paid sick days as a labor standard — similar to workplace safety laws or the minimum wage. When

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Initiative 1098: Will business owners pay state income tax? UPDATED

According to IRS data, 9 out of 10 Washington business owners would pay no state income tax under I-1098. Of those Washington tax filers claiming net business income from a sole proprietorship, S-corporation and/or partnership, only 10.6% show an AGI of

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Lack of Paid Sick Days Takes Significant Toll on Workers, Public Support Growing

Via the Public Welfare Foundation: Nearly one in six people polled in a national survey (16 percent) say they have lost a job for taking time off from work to care for a sick child or family member, or to

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Support for family-wage laws growing across the U.S.

The typical minimum wage worker in Washington will earn just $17,784 per year ($8.55/hour * 2080 hours). That might be enough for a teen still living at home (although only 1/4 of minimum wage earners are teenagers), but it falls

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Minimum Wage

To really support dads, Washington needs family-wage jobs and modern workplace standards

On Sunday, dads across Washington State will be celebrated at home as role models, breadwinners, caretakers, parents and more. Certainly a new set of power tools will show dad how much you appreciate him. But no gift can make up

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Diminishing returns: Presenteeism costs businesses more than providing sick days to workers

Forbes Business points out that many people go to work sick, especially if they “just have a cold”. But it also notes that only 57% of private industry workers have the option to stay home and take a paid sick

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Why unpaid maternity leave isn’t enough

When it comes to paid maternity leave, the United States is in the postpartum dark ages. One hundred and seventy-seven nations — including Djibouti, Haiti and Afghanistan — have laws on the books requiring that all women, and in some

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave
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