Businesses slowing growth over minimum wage concerns
For many employers around the country, the question of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is about much more than political ideology. Many are hanging in limbo as they wait to see who wins the election and what wage policy will be pursued.
Clinton whole-heartedly supports a $12.50 minimum wage and has also said she would sign a $15 minimum wage bill if one came to her desk. As a side note, one of the emails recently released by WikiLeaks reveals the president of the liberal Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden, warned Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, against Clinton supporting a $15 minimum wage. As Tandra points out in a April 2015 email: “substantively, we have not supported $15 — you will get a fair number of liberal economists who will say it will lose jobs.”
Trump has gone from opposing any increase in the $7.25 federal minimum wage to supporting a $10 federal minimum wage, while stressing that states should set their own minimum wages.Read the entire blog
Newspapers warn voters not to fall for Initiative 1501
The editorial boards of daily newspapers across the state have warned voters of the real intentions behind Initiative 1501. The Seattle Times called the measure a “Trojan horse,” and even the most left leaning alternative newspapers in the state have called the measure for what it really is. Seattle Weekly declared it a “smokescreen” whose goal is to trick voters into gutting the state’s Public Records Act, while the Stranger dubbed it “a bad idea masquerading as concern for your grandma.” Learn more about the measure in WPC’s recently published Citizens Guide to Initiative 1501.Read the entire blog
More evidence proving WA workers' comp system is not "low-cost, high-benefit"
Amidst the hoopla surrounding hot-button business issues such as minimum wage, paid sick leave and restrictive scheduling, it is easy to forget there are other issues that have significant impacts on the cost of doing business in Washington State.
One example would be our state-run monopoly workers’ compensation system.Read the entire blog