John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
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 just asked their neighbors.
The Atlantic recently reported on the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’. That is, how the U.S.’s record low birth rates will drive down consumption and key economic activity for food, housing and transportation purchases.
What’s being done here at home to support working families and broaden the middle class? Join EOI on March 26th at 6:30 p.m. in Seattle to hear about local solutions to economic inequality from the leaders championing them.
Ashley, who was profiled in EOI’s recent economic mobility report, lives in Seattle with her four children. Ashley is struggling to find work. She hopes to find a union job so she can access the important benefits of health care, retirement savings and a living wage.
Advocates from business, domestic violence prevention, senior citizen services, organized labor and workers from the retail, restaurant and grocery industry came together last week to urge the Washington State Senate to pass paid sick and safe leave.
Monica Bryant, grocery worker
Traci Underwood, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Nearly half of all workers don’t have access to have a retirement savings plan at work – and that figure jumps to 80% of workers at businesses with fewer than 25 employees. This common sense proposal from Representative Springer, called START (Save Toward A Retirement Today) will offer a simple “plug and play” retirement savings option for Washington’s small business owners and their employees and self-employed entrepreneurs.
By Washington State Representative Roger Freeman
Last year, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Here’s the thing you think about when you have stage four cancer — there is no stage five.
I was concerned. Not only for myself, but for my family.
Fighting cancer means treatment and surgery. Lots of doctor’s appointments. Lots of time off work. As the sole breadwinner for my wife and two children I wondered, with all my time at the hospital and in recovery, how will we pay for basics like groceries and our mortgage? How will we not lose everything?