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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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Racial Opportunity Gap Impacts Washington State Children

A new KIDS COUNT policy report released today, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, comparing how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups. Both nationally and in Washington state, no one racial group has all children meeting all the milestones outlined by the report. 

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Symposium on Income Inequality - Thursday, March 27th

Join us Thursday, March 27th at Seattle University for a free day-long conference hosted by the Mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, where leaders in the field will discuss the latest data and information about wages, the economy, and inequality. Our Research Director, Lori Pfingst, will be one of the keynote speakers.
Click here to register for the event.

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Teachers Lose in the Final Budget

By Jillian Pennyman, Narver Fellow -- Washington state has not provided a pay increase for teachers in six years, despite rising costs of housing, food, and gas. The McCleary decision mandates that the Legislature fully fund education, including sizable increases to salaries for teachers and all other K-12 staff. Reinstating cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) is the first step to providing competitive wages that both retain and attract quality educators in Washington state classrooms.

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Session Wrap-Up: 2014 Supplemental Budget Avoids Elephant in the Room

The 2014 Legislative Session concluded last week as scheduled with the passage of a supplemental budget that makes some changes to spending, while putting off larger decisions around education funding.  While little progress was made to increase funding for education this year, it can’t be avoided in the next budget cycle.

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Inside Olympia Interview

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" last week. As the legislative session wrapped up, the discussion focused on the long-term.
 Remy discussed education funding and the impact of the McCleary decision, revenue options, and the next biennial budget. He was joined by Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center.

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Statement on Supplemental Budget: Puts Off the Hard Work

Executive Director Remy Trupin released a statement this afternoon in response to the 2014 supplemental budget proposal: 
“Today’s budget deal puts off the hard work of responding to the McCleary mandate to fully fund education.  While the final budget does include some resources for education, it falls well short of what is needed.

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Budget Beat March 20th: Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Join us for the next Budget Beat call on Thursday, March 20th from noon to 12:30 p.m. for a wrap-up of the 2014 Legislative Session. We will be joined by a round table of Budget & Policy staff to discuss the budget, highlights from this year's session, and what lies ahead for lawmakers in 2015 and beyond.
Register here.

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