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State Supreme Court shares in blame for lack of school funding

It didn’t take long before the Legislature stopped its crowing about how it funded K-12 education and admitted that it was far from the mandates of the State Supreme Court for basic education. How is that? It starts with Stephanie

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Legislators propose significant boost for WA preschool, child care programs

A quick update on an exciting legislative effort — underway now — to significantly boost Washington’s early learning system. A bill introduced by Senator Steve Litzow and Representative Ruth Kagi (the Early Start Act – House/Senate) would improve access to quality pre-school and child care

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Legislature’s turn to raise minimum wage

If you are awake at 4 a.m. these days, you will notice the sky is already getting a little light. As you go to sleep at 11 p.m. you can still make out some light in the night sky. We

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Minimum Wage

Choosing between your child and your job

When my four-year-old son was recently discharged after undergoing facial reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, many friends and family members asked how I was holding up, how I was handling the stress and lack of sleep and all

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Paid Sick Days

Growing Attention on Paid Leave as a Dimension of Inequality

President Obama, in his most recent State of the Union address,  predicted that fighting inequality would be the “defining project of our generation.” The President’s forecast reflects a growing concern among most Americans about rising economic inequality. Conversations about inequality often

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

Basic Health Program: A solution to continued lack of affordability among healthcare options

While rate of uninsurance has declined with implementation of Obamacare, a number of Americans continue to go without health coverage. The biggest reason, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, is continued lack of affordability. Nearly four

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care

No More Mad Men Pay: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, EOI, MomsRising and YWCA host forum on equal pay

Equal pay for women and fully valuing women’s work   – both in the paid economy and as family caregivers – are critical to rebuilding economic security for working families. That was the clear message from last Thursday’s forum at Kirkland

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

The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave: Shelby’s Story

One woman’s story about losing her wages and nearly losing her home when she had to take a short leave to care for her daughter and her dad. Shelby Ramirez – a mother of two, caregiver, full-time worker and student

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

Employers Report Modest Use of Paid Sick Days

Maybe you’ve had that early morning moment of anxiety when you wake up with a fever and a cough that won’t stop and you think ‘Should I go to work today?’  If you’re lucky, your employer offers a few paid

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

We simply need to lower tuition

There is a new study out that shows that low income students who get free tuition are more likely to go to college. That piece of common sense stood up to the investigation of six academic researchers. They could have

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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