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Business Climate Blog

Is the Governor Listening to the Aerospace Industry?

October 16, 2013 in Blog

At the Governor’s Aerospace Summit earlier this month, Governor Inslee outlined how he plans to entice Boeing to keep building planes in Washington. 

Extending a series of tax breaks and expediting permitting for the aerospace giant are the centerpiece of his strategy.

Has the Nation's Highest Minimum Wage Reduced Poverty?

October 1, 2013 in Blog

The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced the state’s minimum wage, already the highest in the nation, will increase in 2014 from the current $9.19 to $9.32 per hour. 

Study Endorsing SeaTac’s Proposition 1 Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

September 26, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday proponents of Proposition 1, the SeaTac ballot measure to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage, paid sick leave and other labor mandates on some SeaTac businesses, released a study declaring passage of the initiative would inject $54 million in increased household spending throughout the region and create 400 new jobs. 

The study also says employers will be able to easily absorb the increases in the cost of doing business by raising prices on consumers and local governments will benefit by receiving more revenue from the increase in earnings and spending.

Coalition requests performance audit of I-937

September 17, 2013 in Blog

A coalition of lawmakers and business groups sent State Auditor Troy Kelley a letter yesterday requesting a performance audit of I-937 (Energy Independence Act).

From the letter:

Dear State Auditor Troy Kelley,

Dick’s Drive-In: The Best Argument Against A Government Mandated High Minimum Wage

September 16, 2013 in Blog

There is a great editorial in today’s Seattle Times on increasing the minimum wage.   Iconic Seattle-based business Dick’s Drive-In is featured as the best argument against a government mandated increase of our state’s already-high minimum wage.

Higher Minimum Wage Would Mean Fewer Teens with a Job

September 13, 2013 in Blog

Raising the minimum wage is a hot topic in the news right now.   Voters in the City of SeaTac will decide in November whether to increase wages for workers in that city’s hospitality and transportation industries to a minimum of $15 per hour, fast food workers are striking for higher pay, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is

Governor kicks off "soft" launch of Results Washington effort

September 10, 2013 in Blog

Today Governor Inslee put his stamp on the state's long track record with performance management efforts with a "soft" launch of Results Washington. As noted by his press release:

Gov. Jay Inslee today formally launched Results Washington, which will provide faster and easier answers to those questions and access to an unprecedented array of performance data related to his top goals.

Staples Founder Says Small Businesses are Being “Regulated to Death”

August 29, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday I participated in a “Small Business for Sensible Regulations” event with NFIB and Senator John Braun.  The event was part of a statewide series spearheaded by NFIB to highlight the national coalition’s effort to reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. 

Small Business Coalition Hits the Road to Highlight Need for Regulatory Reform

August 27, 2013 in Blog

Tomorrow NFIB and Senator John Braun will hold a “Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations” event at Braun’s company, Braun Northwest, a manufacturer of specialty emergency vehicles in Chehalis.  As the country gears up to celebrate the achievements of American workers on Labor Day, the event will highlight the regulatory obstacles businesses face today in creating jobs.

Farmer for a Day

August 15, 2013 in Blog

What do you get when you add more than a dozen lawmakers, beautiful weather, an irrigated desert, policy wonks and the efforts of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, Washington State Potato Commission and Washington State Farm Bureau?

A successful "Farmer for a Day" program in Pasco.