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Reducing Social Security benefits isn’t ‘responsibility’

From the Everett Herald: The inside-the-beltway crowd is sneaking up on us again. You may have picked up on some news regarding the “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.” President Obama appointed this group of past and present political

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

Restoring Retirement Security: Supplemental Social Insurance for Washington

Restoring Retirement Security: Supplemental Social Insurance for Washington

March 31, 2010

Americans were once able to rely on a “three-legged stool” of Social Security, pensions, and savings to ensure a secure and dignified retirement. Today, that stool is broken. Yes, Social Security remains as a solid pedestal for our retirement. But pensions

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

Myth 6: Europe has a lower standard of living than the United States.

FACT: In the United States nearly 14% of Americans live in poverty – about 40 million people — compared to 6% in France, 8% in Britain, and 5% or less in Germany, Sweden and Belgium. Twenty percent of American children

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Retirement Security

Straight Facts on Social Security 2009

Straight Facts on Social Security 2009

September 1, 2009

Social Security is more than just a retirement plan. It is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children and parents, as well as working and retired Americans. • Social Security provided $615 billion in benefits to 51 million

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Stronger Nests, Bigger Eggs – New public policy options to promote retirement income security

Stronger Nests, Bigger Eggs – New public policy options to promote retirement income security

August 3, 2009

Without dramatic changes to our country’s private-sector pension and retirement saving system, most workers will not be able to save enough for a comfortable retirement. A significant change is needed to help businesses and workers increase retirement savings. We all

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Retirement Security Accounts

Retirement Security Accounts

May 18, 2009

A better retirement system is critical for the economic security of Americans and for promoting small business competitiveness. Currently, half of all workers lack access to a retirement plan at their workplace. Small businesses face high administrative and cost hurdles that

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Washington Voluntary Accounts: Universal Access to Retirement Security

Washington Voluntary Accounts:  Universal Access to Retirement Security

February 15, 2009

The Pension Problem • Half of all workers have no employer-sponsored retirement plan • Complexity and cost prevent many workers and small companies from starting plans • We’re living longer, yet retirement wealth has fallen for the majority of workers

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

Paid Family Leave – 2009 Legislative Action for Family Security

Paid Family Leave – 2009 Legislative Action for Family Security

January 22, 2009

Rebuild family economic security Adopt Washington Voluntary Retirement Accounts, HB 1893, SB 5791 Expand and fund family leave insurance, HB 1609, SB 5679 Early Learning Budget item:  Maintain $3 million in the 2009-2011 budget for the Career and Wage Ladder

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Response to the 2008 Social Security Trustees Report

Response to the 2008 Social Security Trustees Report

May 1, 2008

Social Security is one of the great accomplishments of the 20th Century. It has made it possible for a majority of Americans to retain middle class status in retirement. It keeps millions of families and children with a disabled or

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security, Social Security
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