Navigation

Washington

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:

Original Author: 
E

Washington Senate Work Session Launches ‘Retirement Insecurity’ Discussion

On Tuesday, Washington Senate lawmakers launched a discussion on retirement insecurity as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. Nine participants from business, labor, finance and research sectors presented information on a wide variety of issues ranging from defined benefit pension plans, to small business options, to worker retirement readiness. 

Equal Pay for Women Requires Paid Time to Care

Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work Consortium

Original Author: 
E

Gender wage gap robs Washington women of over $10 billion each year

Women and families in Washington and around the nation continue to struggle under an unflinching gender wage-gap. Today, on Equal Pay Day, let’s reflect on what the wage gap means for Washington women and families and what we can do here at home to make a better world for our daughters.

Original Author: 
E

Revolving door slams on minimum wage hike

The other NRA

Original Author: 
E

A Silver Lining From the Chief Justice

John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
There is a jewel in the crown of Chief Justice Roberts’ binding opinion that opens the flood gates for the wealthy to further fund political campaigns. It is jewel that people who believe in democracy (as opposed to plutocracy) should seize forthrightly: the right to vote.

Original Author: 
E

City of Seattle launches new efforts to close the gender wage gap and champion equal pay

EOI’s Marilyn Watkins, member of the City of Seattle’s Gender Equity in Pay Task Force, speaking at Wednesday’s press conference with Mayor Ed Murray and other community leaders
On Wednesday, Seattle’s mayor and City Council committed to bringing Seattle closer to gender equity.

Original Author: 
E

The Problem with Parent PLUS Loans

It’s no secret that funding trends in higher education in our state and across the nation are making it harder for low- and middle-income students to go to college, and nearly impossible for them to do so without going into debt.
Twenty years ago, only 47% of students graduated with loans, and their average debt was $9,450. For the class of 2012, average debt was $29,400 for the 71% who graduated with loans.

Original Author: 
E

START offers hope in fight for retirement security

In the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers looked at how to help workers save and plan for retirement when they don’t have savings plans provided at work. Senator Mark Mullet (Issaquah) and Representative Larry Springer (Kirkland) proposed a new program called START (Save Toward a Retirement Today) to make it much easier for small business owners to offer retirement plans to their employees.

Original Author: 
E

Washington State Lawmakers To Address Retirement Security In New Work Session

Washington state legislators are focusing on retirement security as part of the National Week of Action For Real Prosperity Across America. View here more details and background information for the work session scheduled for April 8.