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Let Amazon Hike Up Rents Somewhere Else

Amazon is planning to open a second headquarters (in Amazon speak, HQ2), in another city – not in Seattle. I worry for the city that next falls victim to Amazon, but this is a good thing for Seattle. We as

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Family, business, health advocates cheer Department of Labor award to Washington

WASHINGTON | Advocates for paid family and medical leave applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to award $247,000 to Washington state to study the economic impacts of implementing a paid family and medical leave program. “The Washington Work and Family

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

New Law To Help More Washington Workers Save for Retirement

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington has taken a step toward addressing the retirement savings crisis in the state. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Monday to create an online marketplace where small business owners can choose from low-cost

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Washington’s Small Business Retirement Marketplace will help thousands save

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed bipartisan legislation into law today that will make it easier for thousands of private-sector, small business workers to access retirement savings programs through their employer and have the opportunity to build a financially secure future.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Sign the Fair Revenue Petition – and get 10 friends to join you!

Washington’s tax system is by far the least fair in the nation: low-income workers pay much higher tax rates than the wealthy few. It doesn’t have to be this way. In two weeks, Washington’s legislators can chart a new course when they release their budget proposals

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

It’s Time: A 3-Step Path to Funding the Education We SHOULD Have

  As divided as Americans seem to be about the role of government, we’re pretty united around the notion that quality public education should be accessible to all. Businesses and our economy can’t operate without an educated workforce – and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, K-12 Education

Low-Wage Workers Deserve a Higher State Minimum

In Tuesday’s State of the State address, Gov. Jay Inslee called for a minimum wage increase in the range of $1.50 to $2.50. It is about time. Our minimum wage has steadily fallen away from its high point in 1968. That was

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

Players and refs say minimum wage is a winner – but a few rich owners want a replay

By many accounts, the 2012 Super Bowl was a close game – but there’s still another big (political) football kicking around: the minimum wage. The players workers actually on the field job say it’s a clear winner – and so

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