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Responsibility goes unmet in Olympia

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: Nov. 4, 2008 seems a long time ago. The Legislature of our state has effectively shredded the two themes of that Election Day — hope and change. Now that they have finished their rendezvous with

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Higher Education, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Retirement security mustn’t be just a memory

Rerpinted from the Everett Herald: My neighbor across the street thought he was all set for retirement. Then the housing crash and the stock market slide took away his part-time job as a small contractor and the nest egg he

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

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

Why we can’t afford an economic recovery

For the first time in many years, Americans are saving money. As families are threatened by loss of jobs, shrinking health coverage, and diminishing retirement savings, their natural inclination is to cut back consumption to avoid deeper debt, and have

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

Unemployment insurance: Money well spent

The most basic principle of economics is supply and demand. When consumers pay for a product, the market responds with a supply that is equal to the demand. Unfortunately (as the text books will tell you) things only work this

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Retirement Security, Social Security

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

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

New poll: Americans want stronger government role in making pensions more available – could Washington Voluntary Accounts lead the way?

The vast majority of Americans support a more active role for government in making pensions available, according to a recent poll conducted by Mathew Greenwald & Associates on behalf of the National Institute on Retirement Security. The research reinforces EOI’s

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

Henry Paulson, Chicken Little and Social Security

Henry Paulson is at ground zero of the current debate over a $700 billion bailout proposal for Wall Street. But it’s interesting to note that not long ago, Paulson was callling Social Security “financially unsustainable” after releasing a report detailing

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Rethinking retirement and cash-strapped working families

The [Not So] Golden Years: Shrinking investments, increasing costs and lower home values have led many seniors to rethink their retirement plan. Making Work Pay Enough: A recent report from the Tax Policy Center looks at the more than one-third

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