"From the time a baby is born, American families are trapped between the need to provide care for their children and the necessity of earning income. The crisis of care is most acute when children are too young to be in school: families with children under age 5 have significantly lower incomes and higher poverty rates than households with no children at all. Yet incomes rise and poverty rates fall once the youngest child reaches kindergarten age and universal schooling is available to help families meet childcare obligations."
"Steve Ballmer and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling...a stealth start-up over the last three years, called USAFacts: a nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.
Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways."
The Social Security 2100 Act, recently introduced in Congress by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), provides precisely the kinds of changes we need. The Act both increases the support Social Security provides to low wage and middle class workers and extends the solvency of the program. It does all this while reducing taxes on low and middle income families and ensuring that wealthy Americans pay their fair share.
"For generations in America, small cities...declared their optimism and civic purpose with grand libraries that rose above the clutter of daily life and commerce. But last fall, Douglas County residents voted down a ballot measure that would have added about $6 a month to the tax bill on a median-priced home and saved the libraries from a funding crisis. So this spring, it has been lights out, one by one, for the system’s 11 branches. The Roseburg central library here is the last to go."
"Because Americans pay for Social Security through their payroll taxes, the program has long been seen by workers as an investment of their own money — making it politically difficult to cut. Removing the personal attachment to the program could lay the groundwork for making it easier to reduce benefits."
Weekend Reader: What moms (and moms-to-be) still need. PLUS: The case of the missing middle class wages, the reverse-Trump tax plan that delivered an economic miracle, and lots more.
"There is scant evidence to be had that Seattle’s higher minimum wage experiment has thus far been anything but a resounding success. Three years of arguing against it have proven futile although, sadly, the ideological naysayers are hard-wired to deny fact-based, data-driven evidence."
Seattle’s proposed income tax ordinance would mean new revenue for housing, education and other community needs. And it would help fix our upside-down tax code, where low-income workers pay a rate seven times higher than the richest households.
"Even promoters of the conventional wisdom can’t ignore the fact that wages are artificially low. But the simplest explanation is right in front of them. Those wages didn’t disappear. They aren’t being withheld by a mysterious Invisible Hand. They’ve just been funneled into the top one percent."
Even using The Post’s flawed methods, they were only able to find one county—out of more than 3,100 counties nationwide—where the story’s central claim that “as many as one-third of working-age adults are receiving monthly disability checks” holds up. Not a single other county even comes close.
And yet the article still reads: “Across large swaths of the country...disability has become a force that has reshaped scores of mostly white, almost exclusively rural communities, where as many as one-third of working-age adults are receiving monthly disability checks.”
There’s a word for using data this way: cherry-picking.
Supporting #moms means supporting #motherhood. No one should have to choose between taking care of their new baby and losing a job. #Paidfamilyleave would allow moms (and dads!) have the time they need to stay home with a new baby, which means better health outcomes for moms and babies and better economic security for working families. Join the Washington Work and Family Coalition if you agree -> http://bit.ly/2r6AXyd
Today Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5835, which will make it a little easier for pregnant women to stay in the workplace and have the resources they need. Thank you, Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and everyone who helped pass this important legislation to support healthy pregnancies!
Today Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5835, which will make it a little easier for pregnant women to stay in the workplace and have the resource...s they need. Thank you, Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and everyone who helped pass this important legislation to support healthy pregnancies!
All 3 of the proposed budgets being considered by the WA State Legislature are BAD NEWS for early learning. They don't address the real financial struggles many child care teachers and centers are facing in way ways. If our community doesn't make these concerns heard RIGHT NOW, the legislature’s cuts will become reality & working families will suffer. You can help! Use this link (complete with talking points) to contact your legislators today: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/…/514/p/dia/act…/common/public/…
"Experts have already published responses explaining what the Post missed in their reporting on Social Security Disability Insurance. But it turns out the article’s problems go even deeper than they thought. Not only does the Post’s reporting paint a misleading picture about SSDI, but the data analysis they published is just plain wrong."
Our friends at Child Care Aware of Washington put together this one-pager showing how the Legislature’s current budget proposals all fall short of making the child care investments that working families across our state need. Read it to learn more about what changes we need: http://wa.childcareaware.org/…/ad…/wa-budget-proposals-1-pgr
"America is getting richer every year. The American worker is not.
Far from it: On average, workers born in 1942 earned as much or more over their careers than workers born in any year since, according to new research — and workers on the job today shouldn’t expect to catch up with their predecessors in their remaining years of employment."