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.
With one week to go in the regular session, the House and Senate must resolve a roughly $140 million difference between their Supplemental 2013-2015 budgets. The House budget invests more in education, which accounts for the majority of the difference with the Senate budget. The House investment in education is critical, as it will put the state on a better path to fully fund education by 2018.
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Yesterday, the House chose to add additional investments in education and early learning to their budget proposal. Now, the Senate and House budgets are far apart in their approach to meeting court-ordered requirements to fully fund education.
Senate leaders passed a budget that pencils out with the help of fiscal gimmickry and nontransparent budgetary sleights of hand. The budget is neither sustainable nor responsible, given the mandate from the State Supreme Court to devote an additional $4.5 billion to schools in Washington state by 2018. The Senate’s budget violates basic principles of public finance such as transparency, honesty, and accuracy.
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.
Despite a looming deadline from the State Supreme Court to invest an additional $4.5 billion per two-year budget cycle in Washington state schools by 2018, last week the Senate put forward a supplemental budget plan that included 18 costly new or extended tax breaks.
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
Kathleen Taylor has been executive director of the ACLU of Washington since 1980. Under her leadership, the organization has grown tremendously to become one of the nation’s largest branches of the ACLU, with more than 20,000 members and a staff of 32, plus hundreds of volunteers.
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.