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.

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Seattle’s Giant Job Killer

July 9, 2014 in In the News
Cascade Policy Institute
Cascade Policy Institute
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

State Prepares to Adopt Water Quality Standards So High They Can’t Be Met

July 7, 2014 in Blog

Today Fox News aired a story discussing the dramatically increased fish consumption rate that will soon be adopted by the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE).  The story included comments from the Washington Policy Center, which began researching and commenting on the fish consumption issue in 2012.

Guest Opinion: The $15 minimum wage will kill jobs

June 30, 2014 in In the News
Puget Sound Business Journal
Puget Sound Business Journal
Friday, June 27, 2014

$15 Minimum Wage Won't Help Seattle’s High Teen Unemployment Rate

June 26, 2014 in Blog

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a series of proposals to reduce crime in the city.  Calling it a “crisis of confidence” in public safety, Murray identified the city’s high youth unemployment rate as a contributing factor to crime.

“As it stands now, Seattle is not in our discussions for future growth or expansion.”

June 23, 2014 in Blog

Today The Seattle Times featured business owners who are grappling with how to deal with Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law.  While sobering, none of the business owners’ reactions to the mandated high wage are surprising.

The owner of a small, family-run hotel said he plans to raise room rates and reduce workers’ hours (but not their job duties):

Tacoma Small Business Forum

June 20, 2014 in Events
Friday, November 14th, 2014
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Pacific Grill Events Center
1530 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

Join Washington Policy Center to learn about the key issues impacting small businesses and to vote on recommendations that will determine the future of Washington’s small business climate!

WPC’s Center for Small Business is hosting its biennial small business forums throughout the state.