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WA delegation at national summit on paid sick days and paid family leave

Members of Washington’s delegation to the 2012 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave are now in the “other” Washington to study best practices and lessons for paid sick days and paid family leave campaigns. Tomorrow they’ll

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

First public hearing in Tacoma kicks off Transforming Washington’s Budget tour

Last night’s public meeting of Transforming Washington’s Budget in Tacoma had a little something for everyone. Marty Brown, Governor Gregoire’s Budget Director, emceed the event. It began with a short speech from the Governor to outline the purpose of the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Maria’s story: A flexible schedule and supportive supervisor help — but can’t replace lost wages

From the Coalition for a Healthy Tacoma Maria, 39, is a housekeeper at a Tacoma hotel. She and her husband both work full time, and their two sons, aged 13 and 18, are in school. Her position is unionized, so

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

News and Views: Budget cuts to higher ed and K-12; Education spending is key issue; Early learning in TX

Crosscut -> How budget cuts short-changed the UW: Some straight talk about complicated budget maneuvers, making clear that the University was one of the biggest losers in the nation, and the state. Confused about how the University of Washington fared

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

News and views: Tax breaks; Cuts vs. new revenue; A balanced approach to the state budget

ABC News -> Cities, Counties Take Back Corporate Tax Breaks: Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal. As the economy sputters along, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy

Full-day kindergarten on the menu in Tacoma

The last several decades have seen an abundance of research stressing the importance of the early years of a child’s education and extolling the benefits of quality early learning initiatives. Full-day kindergarten is one such initiative. Despite the fact that

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Posted in Check, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education
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