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Category Archives: Economic Security

U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Proposal to fund childcare with a capital gains tax advances in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate's Ways & Means Committee approved a progressive tax reform idea NPI has been championing for years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans seek to devitalize COVID relief bill that will define Biden’s presidency

Excerpt: The Republicans’ offer may well be a gambit designed to get skin in the game. If the past offers any indication, however, the process will get drawn out and urgency will be lost if Biden decides to try to do a deal with them.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Incoming Biden-Harris team signals it will avoid repeating many of Obama’s missteps

Excerpt: At this incredibly fraught and perilous moment in American history, we don't just need steady, compassionate governance -- we need savvy, capable leadership with a respect and appreciation for history and a willingness to learn from it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BC’s NDP government authorizes COVID-19 relief as province begins a dark, dreary winter

Excerpt: Premier John Horgan's government has put together a COVID-19 Recovery Benefit program, in which an estimated 3.7 million B.C. residents will get grants up to $1,000 (Canadian) per family and $500 for individuals.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Federal, state governments allege Facebook is an illegal monopoly in major antitrust case

Excerpt: Having foolishly chosen to allow Facebook's acquisitions of Whatsapp and Instagram several years ago, the federal government is now belatedly moving to unwind those mergers as well as stop the growing power and anticompetitive behaviors of Facebook.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democratic AGs discuss taking on Trump and building equity at Netroots Nation 2020

Excerpt: Attorneys general Phil Weiser, Xavier Becerra, Keith Ellison, and Maura Healey helped kickstart the conference with a substantive panel discussion.
Written by:Tammi Laster
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The Pandemic is Personal: Ed Hodapp on staying at home in America’s wealthiest city

Excerpt: A Sammamish resident discusses what it's like to live with two other people who are also at higher than average risk from COVID-19 under one roof.
Written by:Ed Hodapp
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Laborers fight for safe working conditions while the media chases right wing protesters

Excerpt: While big media has focused on protests organized by covidiots, one hundred and ninety worker actions resulting from refusing to be victims of COVID-19 are largely ignored.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: New mask requirements, threats, lawsuits, and antibody tests

Excerpt: King County has announced new mask-wearing requirements, while the religious right in Oregon has joined militant Republicans in Washington in launching legal maneuvers against stay at home orders.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The Pandemic is Personal: Sedro-Woolley’s Germaine Kornegay on small town resilience

Excerpt: One of Skagit County's local elected officials writes about what it's like to live in a rural community during a time of great stress and hardship.
Written by:Germaine Kornegay
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The Pandemic is Personal: David Johnson of NPI on rooming during a public health crisis

Excerpt: NPI's Literary Advocate writes about what it's like to live with housemates during the worst public health emergency the United States has seen in decades.
Written by:David A Johnson
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The Trump regime’s incompetence is holding up financial assistance for small businesses

Excerpt: Small businesses are dealing with a double whammy: the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Trump regime's incompetent response to it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson steps up to defend access to reproductive health services

Excerpt: A stickler for the rule of law, Washington's chief law enforcement officer has repeatedly taken on the Trump regime... and won.
Written by:Richard McCartan
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