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How paid leave helps Rhode Island families succeed

By Rhode Island State Senator Gayle Goldin
As a state legislator in Rhode Island, I’m always thinking about how we can make our state a better place for families. We may be the smallest state in the country, but we’re taking on some big challenges − including paid family leave.

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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 are at the beginning of our summer in the Northwest, and it is a great time to celebrate being alive in this gift of nature and weather.

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Success in New Jersey! Paid Family Leave: Six Years Later


What happens to businesses after a state implements paid family leave? Do small businesses suffer? Are jobs harmed?

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Breaking news: U.S. healthcare deemed a failure

For five years in a row, our health care system has ranked dead last in an annual review of systems across 11 industrialized nations.
Shocked? Perhaps not, but there are some particularly frustrating points worth noting.

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The Next Great American Hero

The EOI team in Washington D.C. taking a selfie
Last week I was in Washington, DC and had a morning free of meetings to wander among the monuments. Families, school kids, and tour groups from across the nation and around the world were there, searching out names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, reading the words of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, snapping selfies in front of the White House with the Washington Monument towering in the background.

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Systemic injustice threatens democracy

John Burbank, Executive Director
One hundred fifty one years ago today the pivotal battle of the Civil War was fought, as Union soldiers succeeded in holding off Confederate charges on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. If the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment had been overrun by southern troops, the Confederacy may very likely have prevailed in the Civil War, embedding slavery even deeper into the fabric of our country.

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Extend California’s paid family leave to the nation

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking at a Washington Work and Family Coalition event in November 2013 on women’s economic security.
By House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
By helping 1.6 million Californians balance family and work, our state has demonstrated the success of paid family leave – and now it is time for the rest of America to join us.

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One Year After Oregon Passage, Tuition-Free College Model “Pay It Forward” Being Considered in 25 States

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the unanimous passage of Economic Opportunity Institute’s Pay It Forward model in Oregon – an innovative, debt-free model for access to higher education. With the support of students, professors, lawmakers and community leaders, Pay It Forward legislation is now active in 25 states, with study bills passed in Maine, Louisiana and Illinois.

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Join us for EOI’s Annual Celebration: A Rising Tide – Building an economy that lifts all boats

Help us chart a course towards shared prosperity at EOI’s annual event on October 2nd – A Rising Tide: Building an economy that lifts all boats.

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