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Nipples – The New Side of Jeff Bezos?

On Friday, the New York Times printed an article on Jeff Bezos’ recent attempts to create a personal brand. The article came on the heels of his and his wife’s $33 million donation to a nonprofit that provides college scholarships

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Dear Seattle: Having a Rich Neighbor Won’t Make You Rich

Cheerleaders of “prosperity” have treated the economic boom in Seattle like sports fans. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, crowds filled the streets chanting, “We did it!” While the people in the street didn’t literally touch the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

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

If Olympia won’t take action, Seattle should lead the way on education, housing, more

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 121 years ago that racial segregation was legal. Its decision, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, became the law of the land, embedding Jim Crow laws and habits in the South and the North, disenfranchising blacks, creating

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Progressive Tax Reform

15-cent boost to minimum wage means a lot to workers, economy

The stock market is going great guns! That’s supposed to be the good news for this New Year’s Eve. It is indeed for a very small slice of people, but not really for the rest of us. That’s because the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Minimum Wage

Bending the Arc of History

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class. Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, “…corporations use their growing monopoly power to raise prices without passing the gains on to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Ballmer and equity in the NW

There is a political phenomenon that while we hate Congress (approval rating currently at 9 percent), we like, respect, and almost always re-elect the local Congressperson we know. The same phenomenon occurs when we think about wealth. Most of us

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

National unity requires equality of opportunity

Reprinted from The Everett Herald It isn’t any surprise that people are pessimistic and negative right now. If we have jobs, we are worried about keeping them. If we don’t, we are worried about making ends meet, especially as unemployment

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Tea party, big business brew a kettle of paralysis

From the Everett Herald: Do you remember the name of the U.S. Senate candidate whose signs were plastered up and down I-5 this summer? I had to look that one up: Clint Didier. How soon we forget. But maybe that

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services
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