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Business Climate Blog

House Finance Committee discusses B&O reform

December 11, 2013 in Blog

The House Finance Committee continued its important interim work discussing the state's tax structure by holding a work session yesterday on ways to reform the B&O tax. Earlier this year the Committee discussed what the principles of the state's tax system should be.

Another $15 Minimum Wage Battle Headed for the Ballot?

December 5, 2013 in Blog

The City of Seattle is giving every indication it plans to follow the City of SeaTac’s footsteps and increase the minimum wage for at least some workers in the City to a whopping $15 per hour.  

More Misinformation from L&I

November 25, 2013 in Blog

Last week representatives of the business community received a copy of the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) snapshot comparison of workers’ compensation benefits and employer costs in Washington and five other aerospace states.  The L&I chart was presented in a legislative task force meeting on Boeing’s 777x. 

L&I Omits Key Fact in House Committee Work Session

November 22, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday the House Labor & Workforce Development Committee held a work session on our state’s workers’ compensation program.  Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) Director Joel Sacks gave an overview and update of the state-run monopoly system, explaining to lawmakers the current financial state of the system, how the reforms passed in 2011 are

One Day After WPC Conference on Right-to-Work, Lawmaker Calls for Right-to-Work Special Legislative Session

November 14, 2013 in Blog

One day after participating in Washington Policy Center’s back-to-back Solutions Summit statewide policy conferences discussing whether a “right-to-work” policy is right for Washington State, Senator Michael Baumgartner today called for Governor Inslee to convene a special session to make Washington a right-to-work state. 

No more ludicrous speed lawmaking

November 9, 2013 in Blog

Now that lawmakers have saved the state's Boeing "destiny for a generation" (pending a Wednesday vote by Boeing unions), let's hope we can get them to commit to abandoning future "ludicrous speed" lawmaking.

Proposed Unemployment Rule Would Hurt Employers and Workers

November 1, 2013 in Blog

The state Employment Security Department (ESD) is considering a seemingly innocuous change to a rule governing the appeals process for unemployment tax and benefit decisions.  However, the rule change would give the state agency an unfair advantage when its decisions are challenged by employers or claimants and seriously undermine confidence in ESD to make unbiased decisions. 

Long Beach Experience Illustrates the Predictable Effect of a Super-High Minimum Wage

October 17, 2013 in Blog

An article in The Seattle Times this week explains the real world effects of what happens when employers are forced to pay a super-high minimum wage.

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.