In this era of hyper-partisanship, how did we pass a major new program? There was no secret formula.
by Economic Opportunity Institute Policy Director Marilyn Watkins Late in the evening on June 30, 2017, the Washington State Legislature adopted one of the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) policies. The vote was strongly ... read more
Washington’s paid family and medical leave program will work like insurance. Workers and their employers will both pay a small premium with each paycheck, and then workers will receive a benefit from the state when they need family leave or extended med... read more
The new law passed June 30, 2017 offers protections for people who need leave to take care of themselves or loved ones.
Late on June 30, as lawmakers in Olympia rushed to finish their work in time for the end of a third special session, the House and Senate passed paid family and medical leave. All that’s left is a signature from the governor, and with it Washington ... read more
Beginning this weekend, legislators across the state are coming home for town halls with their constituents. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet with your representatives and ask them questions face-to-face about where they stand on important iss... read more
By Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute Women and families in the U.S. are facing so many challenges these days, it’s hard to know how to focus our energy. Women who have worked hard, paid taxes, and raised families in this c... read more
For the first time in 10 years, a paid family and medical leave plan is ready for a vote in the full state House. After clearing the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, House Bill 1116, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, is ready for a vote on the f... read more
Originally published in the South Seattle Emerald. For Edie, it was a serious infection that landed both her and her five-week-old baby back in the hospital. For Rhonda, it was a surgery that should have kept her off her feet for six weeks. For Gabriela, ... read more
Rep. June Robinson’s proposal is awaiting a vote in committee before it can move on to the full House floor. Robinson’s bill has received strong support from workers, business owners, health care experts, veteran and senior advocates, and wome... read more