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Report from the White House Summit on the United State of Women

It was a privilege to be invited to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women, held July 14-15 in Washington, DC. Just being in a room with 5,000 people – mostly women – who are working

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Dean Baker: Obamacare isn’t cancelling your plan – your insurance company is though

President Obama has been getting a lot of grief in the last few weeks over his pledge that with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, people would be able to keep their insurance if they like it. The media

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care

Washington minimum wage increasing in January – but is it enough?

Next January, Washington’s minimum wage will adjust for inflation with a 13-cent increase to $9.32 per hour. But is that enough? The change is the result of Initiative 688, approved by voter in 1998. I-688 increased the state’s minimum wage in two

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Adding up the benefits of Obamacare

The other day I went onto the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website to look at the actual costs for health coverage. (In the interest of full disclosure, my spouse works for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.) I wanted to escape

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Forward!

So that fiscal cliff wasn’t much of a ride, was it? We went over that cliff for a day and a half, and nothing much happened. Then Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” and we are off

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

I’m Black and I Want More “Stuff” and “Things”: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly

On election night, as it became increasingly clear that Mitt Romney was going to lose the election to Barack Obama, I watched Fox News host Megyn Kelly ask Bill O-Reilly, “How do you think we got to this point?”

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, EOI

Washington state voters were ahead of the curve on minimum wage – why can’t these legislators catch up?

When Washington voters overwhelmingly passed an initiative to index the state’s minimum wage to inflation back in 1998, naysayers made “doom and gloom” predictions that turned out to be more Chicken Little than anything else. Nine other states (AZ, CO,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Taxes are Patriotic

Via Sightline Institute: I filed my taxes a long time ago (just one of the many benefits of being married to someone far, far more organized than I am). So, I haven’t been thinking about my own taxes much this

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Recession Reaches Washington: A State Response

Recession Reaches Washington: A State Response

February 12, 2009

During the first half of 2008 Washington’s economy slowed but looked relatively healthy compared to the rest of the United States. In September, as job losses accelerated nationally, Washington, too, began shedding jobs. By December 2008, Washington had 54,800 fewer

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Now a motivated nation must show it can change

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: The sullen and divisive politics of privilege are over. The citizens of our nation’s capital are friendly, proud and hopeful. Obama-mania is still going strong, with t-shirts, baseball caps, buttons, and bumper stickers proclaiming the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Retirement Security
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