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Category Archives: Economic Security

Documentary Review: Robert Reich’s “Inequality for All” is an essential film

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Inequality For All, a film based on the work of progressive thought leader and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: This is your brain on “Collusion”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins
Written by:David A Johnson
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Immigration, healthcare, economic security discussed at Pramila Jayapal’s latest town hall

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal's sixteenth town hall, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Seattle Central Public Library in downtown Seattle.
Written by:Alison Wendler
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U.S. Senate passes Republican-backed bill to weaken Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Excerpt: The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to begin dismantling the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, approving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's S. 2155 by a vote of sixty-seven to thirty-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Washington State House votes to toughen penalties for corporate crimes

Excerpt: Corporations that break the law in Washington State could soon be forced to pay more appropriate penalties for their wrongdoing thanks to the work of State Representative Mike Pellicciotti (D-30th District: Federal Way). By a vote of ninety-seven to one, the Washington State House of Representatives today voted to pass ESHB 2362, which would substantially increase fines for corporate crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Equal pay for equal work easily clears the Washington State House again

Excerpt: The Washington State House of Representatives has once again overwhelmingly approved a bill that would address pay inequity in the workplace, sending its version over to the Senate, where it is certain to get a better reception than in the past thanks to the chamber's new Democratic majority.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “Saving Capitalism” highlights an important truth about markets

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's new film about what happened to our economy, now available to stream on Netflix.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Manka Dhingra vs. Jinyoung Lee Englund: Two very different answers on pay equity

Excerpt: The fate of equal pay legislation in Washington State depends on the outcome of this year's special election for state Senate in the 45th District.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State House swiftly passes paid family and medical leave bill, sending it to Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: Washington State's House of Representatives has enthusiastically given its backing to a landmark paid family and medical leave bill that will bolster the economic security and well-being of Washington families. The House took action within an hour of having received the bill from the state Senate, which is extremely fast.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate passes landmark paid family and medical leave bill

Excerpt: By a vote of thirty-seven to twelve (a three-to-one margin), the Washington State Senate has passed a landmark paid family and medical leave bill that will strengthen the economic security and well-being of families across the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kittitas County Superior Court judge turns back constitutional challenge to I-1433

Excerpt: A Superior Court judge in Kittitas County has turned back a constitutional challenge to I-1433 filed by several trade associations, leaving new requirements for paid leave and increases to the state’s minimum wage in place. “[T]his Court is of the opinion that the Plaintiffs have failed to establish that I-1433 has violated the Washington State […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1550 would enrich the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us

Excerpt: As Washington homeowners received their most recent property tax bills, disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman couldn’t resist trying to exploit their concerns by announcing his intent to qualify an initiative to the November 2017 ballot that would cut property taxes by twenty-five percent. Like Eyman’s I-1366, which was struck down as unconstitutional last year, its […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Progressive Ideas We Need: Paid vacation leave as part of every job

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Today and throughout this weekend, NPI is running a special series here on the Cascadia Advocate called Progressive Ideas We Need, highlighting proposals that would raise quality of life in our region and in the United States as a whole. Each post is contributed by an NPI staff, board, or advisory council member. […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Familias Unidas por La Justicia ends Sakuma Farms boycott, unionization vote scheduled

Excerpt: Readers, here’s some very encouraging news from our brothers and sisters at Familias Unidas por La Justicia that we just received minutes ago: Dear Supporters: As of today, Sakuma Brothers Farms and Familias Unidas por La Justicia have mutually agreed to conduct a secret ballot election within the next 8 days. The election will determine if […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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