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Optimistic grads are already well versed in economics

Last week I got to watch the seniors at Ballard High School graduate into the next phase of their lives. They were happy. They had more than just made it through their childhoods. Some graduates had learned differential equations. Some,

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American Winter: Families struggle to survive in the aftermath of the Great Recession

American Winter is a powerful and timely documentary that follows the stories of eight middle-class families struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Great Recession. It reveals the impact of rising economic inequality, cuts to social services, and the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Our changing workforce requires modern policies like paid sick days and family leave

Women have been a growing share of the workforce over the last several decades and now hold half of jobs. Research suggests that some women have joined the workforce in response to growing costs to support a family, particularly during

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America is trading mid-wage jobs for low-wage occupations

The latest job trends update from the National Employment Law Project finds lower-wage employment grew 2.7 times faster than mid- and higher-wage occupations during the economic recovery: Lower-wage occupations ($7.69 – $13.83/hr.) were 21 percent of recession losses, but 58

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How democracy saved capitalism

We’re facing the weakest economic recovery in recent memory – but it’s worth remembering that the Great Recession was far less damaging than the Great Depression, thanks to the public services and structures Americans built for themselves. When the Great Depression

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Jobs Bonds: A recipe for Washington’s economic recovery

Jobs Bonds: A recipe for Washington’s economic recovery

March 21, 2012

Passing the Jobs Bonds package should be a top priority for Washington’s Legislature during the special session. Rebuilding school facilities, retrofitting for energy efficiency, improving water quality, and cleaning up the environment will immediately create badly needed jobs across the

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Washington’s economy: Back in the frying pan for 2012

Washington’s economy: Back in the frying pan for 2012

March 5, 2012

In the four years since the Great Recession began, workers in Washington have faced high unemployment, increased poverty and decreased access to health care coverage. Although the recession officially ended in June of 2009, its effects on workers and families

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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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A Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Washington

A Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Washington

October 1, 2011

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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A big fish tale: Paid sick days opponents rely on misleading data and scare tactics

Does anyone else have that uncle who comes home from a fishing trip and tells the story of the one that got away? It’s always the biggest fish you’ve never seen, and it only gets bigger every time he tells

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days
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