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Q&A: Rep. Mike Sells on labor legislation in 2021

Rep. Mike Sells (D – Everett) currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. As the 2021 legislative session was preceded by a period of...Read More

Economic relationships amid COVID: The K-shaped recovery

In a K-shaped recovery, there is a separate trajectory for different segments of the economy. Economic and political relationships play a role in shaping that...Read More

“Working through crisis” – The K-shaped recovery

Economic conditions both predating and overlapping with the pandemic have exacerbated workforce shortages in rural Washington. This is what the Wire heard from union leaders...Read More

“Managing through crisis” – How the K-shaped recovery looks for small business owners

Amid reports that a “K-shaped” recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is widening inequality, how do the different rates of recovery look...Read More

How social safety net programs differ by state

When looking at social safety net programs available to people across the United States, a great degree of variability exists. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn...Read More

Report: Washington State’s safety net serves workers better than any other state

A recent Oxfam America report ranks Washington State as having the best safety net in the country for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In determining...Read More

Pellicciotti: “American Rescue Plan will provide roughly $7 billion to the State of Washington”

State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti said that the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden today will provide about $7 billion to...Read More

Washington’s latest economic review: positive indicators amid ongoing uncertainty

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released their latest economic review this week, finding positive trends in the context of ongoing economic...Read More

Op-ed: Why Direct Cash is a Critical Mental Health Strategy

During this past year of global health crises and economic pressure, we have seen a growing awareness of the importance of mental health. For many,...Read More

Washington State maintains Moody’s Aaa rating in latest bond sale

In its first bond sale of the year, the Office of the State Treasurer announced this week that it sold $512.7 million of Various Purpose...Read More