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Business Climate Blog

Part 1: Labor bosses think unions will lose landmark right-to-work case…and admit it could be a good thing

July 29, 2015 in Blog

Greg Devereux, Executive Director of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), recently revealed he, and other union executives, believe the era of forced unionism for public sector workers is coming to an end.  And surprisingly, he doesn’t think it will be the union-crippling catastrophe unions have long-claimed.

What a $15 wage will really mean for New York’s fast food workers

July 23, 2015 in Blog

As fast food employers in the state of New York brace for that state’s impending $15 wage mandate, one business owner succinctly explained what the high wage will mean for her business and her employees:

It really is going to come to less people.  What I envision is cutting labor, hiring less people, having less people per shift.”

$15 minimum wage is encouraging a part-time work force

July 23, 2015 in Blog

On the heels of Los Angeles becoming the latest city to pass a $15 minimum wage law and the state of New York moving closer to a mandate requiring a $15 wage for fast food workers, Fox News reports

New report shows $100 buys more in right-to-work states

July 8, 2015 in Blog

The Tax Foundation released a report today showing how much $100 buys in each state.  The same $100 can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than a high-price state, which shows the true cost of living.

Starbucks prices increasing more in Seattle area…could the $15 minimum wage be a factor?

July 7, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday Starbucks announced an increase in drink prices that will go into effect in its stores around the country.  Most notable though, was the company’s decision to increase prices even higher in the Puget Sound region.   Customers in the greater Seattle area (which includes King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties) will pay an average of about 3.5% more, while customers in other areas will pay just 1% more.

State continues to stress the lack of an income tax as a selling point for new business

June 16, 2015 in Blog

We previously highlighted how the state Department of Commerce has long used Washington’s lack of income or capital gains taxes as part of their marketing pitch to encourage businesses to come to Washington.  Apparently department officials still believe having no income tax is a strong selling point.  

"Well this article sure brought out some emotions"

June 12, 2015 in Blog

Last Sunday The Seattle Times published an editorial I submitted detailing the hypocritical exemptions unions seek to the restrictive labor mandates they actively support.  In many cities, unionized employers are exempt from paying a higher minimum wage or providing paid sick leave.  

Socialists blast labor unions for using minimum wage exemptions as ploy to grow union membership rolls

June 4, 2015 in Blog

The group that calls itself “the leadership of the world socialist movement” has published a hard-hitting editorial on organized labor’s efforts to carve out special exemptions from minimum wage and paid sick leave mandates.

Not everyone in Oakland is better off with a higher minimum wage

June 2, 2015 in Blog

Supporters of a higher minimum wage dismissively argue there are no downsides to a wage hike.  They simplistically declare that employers can afford to absorb the extra costs.  One Harvard professor that supports a higher minimum wage dismissively says: “If you’re so unproductive that you can’t pay a little bit more, then maybe you don’t belong in a modern economy.”

In the real world, however, things aren’t so easy.

What some minimum wage supporters think of employers

June 1, 2015 in Blog

After reading the comments of a blogger last week shrugging off the closure of Z Pizza in Seattle due to the city’s newly increased minimum wage, it occurred to me that what seemed like the insensitive (and even offensive) musings of one political gadfly are disconcertingly shared by other supporters of a higher minimum wage.