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Repealing paid family and medical leave saves no money – and may actually cost more

The argument against Washington’s paid family leave program just had a big hole punched in it by a fiscal analysis that found the bill has absolutely no impact on the state budget.

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About Washington Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Family and Medical Leave Insurance is “wage insurance” for workers, to be used in the event of a major family or medical event. Learn more here.

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Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

February 5, 2013

My name is Evelin Bargas. I live and work in Bellevue. I took a vacation day from work to come here with my husband and son and testify in support of family and medical leave insurance. My dad has been

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Sarah Francis: Moms need paid family and medical leave insurance

Sarah Francis: Moms need paid family and medical leave insurance

February 5, 2013

Testimony of Sarah Francis, Campaign Director, MomsRising Washington House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development Hearing on House Bill 1457 Implementing Family and Medical Leave Insurance, Feb. 5, 2013   Good morning. My name is Sarah Francis and I’m a campaign

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Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

February 5, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development on HB 1457 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, February 5, 2013. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. I also

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Frank Irigon: Why Family and Medical Leave is important for seniors

Frank Irigon: Why Family and Medical Leave is important for seniors

February 4, 2013

Chair Sells and members of the Committee: Thank you for your time today as I testify in support of House Bill 1457. My name is Frank Irigon. I am here today as a senior citizen representing the Puget Sound Advocates

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Don Orange: Why Family and Medical Leave would be good for my business

Don Orange: Why Family and Medical Leave would be good for my business

February 4, 2013

Good morning. I’m Don Orange, owner of Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver. I also chair the Main Street Alliance of Washington, which represents small businesses across the state. I’m here today to support Family and Medical Leave Insurance. This hearing

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WA Senate conservatives introduce bill to repeal protections for parents, newborns

State Senate Republicans – joined by conservative Democrats Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon – are working to repeal Washington’s landmark Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) Act, passed in 2007 to ensure working moms and dads up to five weeks of partially paid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.

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Family and Medical Leave Insurance for Washington State

Family and Medical Leave Insurance for Washington State

January 14, 2013

There are a handful of times during one’s career when it will be necessary to take significant time away from work for health or family needs: to welcome a new child, recover from surgery, care for a spouse with cancer,

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Family and Medical Leave Insurance saves public funds

Family and Medical Leave Insurance saves public funds

October 25, 2012

Washington state and local governments spend billions supporting the health and well-being of children, seniors, and families. Nearly half of births are covered by Medicaid and 12% of seniors are eligible for medical assistance. In fiscal year 2010, 114,000 children

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