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Save the Date May 29th: Unpacking McCleary at Town Hall

 Addressing Equity, Opportunity, and Funding in Washington State's Education System  
Thursday, May 29th at Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 p.m.

School funding and improving educational outcomes for all our kids are some of the most talked about – and contentious – issues in the state, and will be for years to come. 

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Black women face tremendous barriers to economic stability

A comprehensive report by the Black Women’s Roundtable details the multitude of disparities faced by black women living, working and raising families in the United States. The report assessed conditions of black women in areas of health, education, labor force participation, wages, retirement security, safety, and civic engagement, among others.
Findings include:

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Tax Day Infographic: Shared Investments

Tax Day is an opportunity to reflect on our shared investments. Washington state taxes support values that benefit everyone.
 

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Democracy: An on-Going Process That Requires Us All to Participate

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Recent headlines highlight what conflicting attitudes we Americans tend to hold about government. The still-unfolding tragedy in Oso, the debates over school and transportation funding, and the Supreme Court ruling on campaign contributions all underscore just what a messy process democracy is.

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Media Reminder: ALEC’s “Rich States, Poor States” Last Methodology Stands Debunked

Arthur Laffer, author of Rich States, Poor States
As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) prepares to release its 2014 version of Rich States, Poor States, Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy Project remind the news media that the ALEC report’s track record is poor.

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Powerful new video on the national fight for working families

Voices from the Front Lines – a powerful new video from Family Values @ Work – combines a series of real-life vignettes about the struggles of working families across the country. From new moms forced back to work days after giving birth to hard-working dads stringing together part-time jobs to make a living wage, these powerful stories show why work doesn’t work for too many families and how new policies can make a difference.

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Come Work With Us! Now Hiring a Development Manager

We have a rare staff opening for a crucial position in our organization. We are seeking an energetic and highly-organized Development Manager to implement our development plan.  
This is a key role in helping to grow the organization. The successful candidate will be analytical and creative, collaborate well with a passionate and fun staff, and coordinate and manage multiple projects. 

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Op-Ed: Raise the Minimum Wage to Keep Middle Class Strong

In case you missed it, our Research Director Lori Pfingst had an op-ed in the Seattle Times this week. "Raising the minimum wage isn’t a silver bullet. It wouldn’t solve the problem of income inequality alone, but it is a crucial component of a broad strategy to help workers and our economy. It’s also crucial that this time around we build a more inclusive middle class, where people of color and women have an equal shot at prosperity."

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Time for opponents to support ACA

John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
The promise of the Affordable Care Act has been a long time coming — but it’s finally here. Now that the initial health coverage sign-up period has ended, it’s a good time to take stock of actual impacts.
Over the past four years the Affordable Care Act has put real consumer protections in place in the health insurance market. Today, unlike just a few years ago, insurance companies are prohibited from:

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Equal Pay for Women Requires Paid Time to Care

Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work Consortium

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