Social Safety Net Social Security

On Saving Social Security

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.” This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes. If you averaged $30K […]

Sexuality Social Safety Net Women's rights

Conservative logic

Women: “Can I have birth control?” Republicans: “No.” Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?” Republicans: “No.” Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?” Republicans: “No.” Women: “I found a […]

Health care King County Social Safety Net

Health Coverage in King County: Progress to date – and steps still to be taken

King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified Health Plans offered through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange grew by 55%, from 256,000 to […]

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We can assure a good quality of life for all

What are the elements of a good quality of life? Good, accessible and affordable health care. Being able to pay your bills. Living in a welcoming home. Having a job with a wage that reflects the value of your work. Knowing your kids can get a good education in our public school system, our community […]

Carbon TAx Climate Change Social Safety Net Taxation Washington State Politics

Carbon Taxes Are Even Better than You Think

Executive summary The Carbon Washington carbon tax proposal is revenue neutral, with about 70% of the carbon tax revenue going to reduce the state sales tax by a full percentage point and the remaining revenue divided between reductions in manufacturing taxes and funding for the Working Families Rebate, a state-level bump-up of the federal Earned […]

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Press Release: Black Friday: Boycott Microsoft and Picket to Demand Tax Fairness

Contact: Julianna Dauble 206-856-1357 November 12, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Black Friday: Boycott Microsoft and Picket to Demand Tax Fairness ” Seattle – Washington Badass Teachers Association (WA-BATS) a grassroots group of career educators protecting our public education system from further degradation is holding a public protest on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at the overpass […]

Economic Justice Health care Social Safety Net Washington State Politics

Physicians for a National Health Program annual meeting, July 17 at UW

We’re all aware that U.S. healthcare outcomes are still lagging way behind those of other countries, even though we’re spending twice as much. Several states are now grappling with making healthcare a human right – a public good, not-for-profit. Here in WA State, a coalition of organizations has come together determined to get this done. […]