Business Climate

WPC's Center for Small Business focuses on improving Washington's small business climate by working closely with business owners and policymakers. The Center provides accurate information and analysis on the state's regulatory climate, tax structure, health insurance systems, and more.

What's New

Economic Outlook for Washington Continues to Slide

April 18, 2014 in Blog

A new report ranking the economic competitiveness in the 50 states shows that while Washington’s economic performance over the past ten years (2002-2012) has been better than most states, the future looks grim.  

Do As We Say, Not as We Do

April 17, 2014 in Blog

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently warned an increase in the minimum wage could result in a reduction in the company’s famously generous employee benefits.  Schultz argues minimum wages should take into consideration the “total compensation” an employee receives, which in the case of Starbucks employees includes full health coverage, free food, bus passes, 401K, education assistance, stock rewards, bonuses and more—even for part-time workers.

Seattle Employers Warn $15 Minimum Wage Will Come With a Hefty Price Tag

April 16, 2014 in Blog

A recent survey of employers by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce reveals what decades of research has already established—increasing the minimum wage comes with a cost.

WASHINGTON POLICY CENTER HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE, BELLEVUE

April 9, 2014 in In the News
National Federation of Independent Business
Source: 
National Federation of Independent Business
Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Would the "Taxpayer Protection Act" really protect taxpayers?

April 7, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

WSJ’s Stephen Moore: Minimum wage increase would devastate the poor

April 7, 2014 in In the News
NW Watchdog.org
Source: 
NW Watchdog.org
Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014