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Senior Lobby Day is Feb. 20th

By Chuck Richards, Co-Chair, PSARA Government Relations Committee  It’s that time of year. PSARA members are invited to attend Senior Lobby Day by carpooling to Olympia on Thursday, February 20th. PSARA has a team of eight legislative district coordinators organizing carpools for Olympia. Below is a list of coordinators and their contact information. If you […]

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Hospital Mergers: A Brewing Storm

In February 2012, Swedish Medical Center and Providence Health Systems of WA formed an “affiliation,” which potentially changed the availability of reproductive and end-of-life health care access.

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Seattle Minimum Livable Wage

I delivered the following speech on behalf of PSARA at the well-attended January 12 kickoff rally in support of the adoption of a $15 minimum livable wage in Seattle.

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Devastating Cuts to Our Bus Service

On Thursday, January 16, two forums on transit were held at Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), sponsored by the college, the Transit Riders Union (TRU), the Sierra Club and others. About 120 anxious people attended. The moderator, Domenic Holden of the Stranger, questioned whether we are losing our ability to be a city.

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France OKs millionaire’s tax, US still tied to Reaganomics

In December, France’s highest court approved a 75% tax on salaries above one million Euros ($1.4 million), effective for 2013 and 2014.

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Teachers’ Salaries

Someone blogged about how teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and how teachers only work nine or ten months a year! The complainer then went on to say it’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit! The blogger said we can get that for less than minimum wage.

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SSA Again Cuts Field Office Hours, Services

Social Security Administration (SSA) field office hours and services will be cut again in 2014, according to SSA plans released in December 2013. In announcing the plans to shut down the field offices on Wednesdays, leaving four-day office hours of 9a.m.-3p.m., the SSA also reported that its Benefit Verification Letter Program and Social Security Number Printouts would no longer be handled by community field offices. What do these cutbacks mean for seniors and low-income benefits.

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Letter from Ralph Nader to Boeing CEO

The squeeze that you and Boeing are putting on your machinist workers’ pensions, pay scales and your stance on other labor issues regarding the assembling of the new 777X airliners is unseemly for several reasons.

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Social Security is Under Attack

A generation ago, middle-class families were able to put away enough money during their working years to make it through their later years with dignity. On average, they saved about 11 percent of their take-home pay while working.

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The Supreme Court is Undermining our Democracy

If you’re old enough to collect Social Security you’re also old enough to recall a time when we learned in school that our democracy is a government of, by, and for the people. Well, that’s no longer the case.

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