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Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee hearing on HB 1313: Paid sick and safe leave

February 26, 2014

Panelists Monica Bryant, grocery worker Traci Underwood, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Boris Popovic, Main Street Alliance of Washington Panelists Walt Bowen, Washington Senior Lobby Susan Hedman, Macy’s worker Adrienne Thompson, PTE Local 17 Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute

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Watch: Makini Howell on the business of doing good business

Local business owner, entrepreneur, chef, author and all-around rock star Makini Howell recently joined the Washington Work and Family Coalition for a local forum on women’s economic security. Makini, who is on the board of the Main Street Alliance, shared

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Washington small businesses support closing tax loopholes and raising revenue

Today the Main Street Alliance of Washington released a statewide survey of small businesses’ views on corporate tax reform. After a legislative session where proposing new taxes was akin to saying Voldemort, the survey’s results might surprise you. According to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Paid Sick Days report makes local headlines: “Everyone wants to operate in a community where people are thriving.”

Yesterday, the Main Street Alliance, a small business organization, released a report on the economic impacts of Seattle’s paid sick leave ordinance. The report’s findings? One year after implementing the paid sick days law, new business formation and job growth

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One year after Paid Sick Days law in Seattle, business formation and job growth remain strong

One year after Seattle’s paid sick days law took effect, local businesses owners joined the small business group Main Street Alliance to present a new report on the economic impacts of the law. Joe Fugere, owner of Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria; Makini

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Cutting Social Security via the chained CPI will hurt Washington small businesses

President’s Obama’s budget – expected to be released later this week – will likely include a cut to Social Security known as the Chained CPI. The Chained CPI would change the way inflation in calculated for Social Security benefits, reducing

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

Paid sick days bill debated in state Senate hearing

The Washington State Senate Commerce and Labor Committee heard three bills on the issue of paid sick leave yesterday. One of the bills, Senate bill 5594 sponsored by Sen. Nick Harper, would ensure all workers in Washington state could earn

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Family and Medical Leave plan good for small business

By Don Orange, from The Columbian I’m a small-business owner. I want my business to succeed — and I want my community to grow and prosper. That’s why I strongly support the Family and Medical Leave Insurance proposal being considered

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Small businesses find their own voices – and views – on immigration, sick leave and more

Jim Houser made sure to wear his brown mechanic’s shirt, the one with the “Jim” nametag and multiple certification patches, to last week’s meeting at City Hall. The Portland City Council is considering a proposal to require businesses to provide

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Friday (Not) Funny: “Small business” lobby group ignores small biz POV on taxes

The National Federation of Independent Businesses calls itself the “voice of small business” as it argues against closing corporate tax loopholes and against higher taxes for millionaires. That’s odd, because 75% of small business owners say it harms their business

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks
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