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New Study Shows Minimum Wage Hike Killed 1.4 Million Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers

December 18, 2014 in Blog

A National Bureau of Economic Research study released late last month by economists with the University of California at San Diego found that mandatory increases in the federal minimum wage between 2007 and 2009 had “significant, negative effects on the employment and income growth of targeted workers.”  The study shows hikes in the federal minimum wage during the Great Recession led to the loss of approximately 1.4 million jobs held

Will Tacoma follow in the footsteps of SeaTac and Seattle?

December 17, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday the Tacoma City Council took the first step toward approving an ordinance that would require all employers to provide paid sick and safety leave to all workers.   The mandatory paid leave proposal passed the first hurdle, a “first reading” of the ordinance, with unanimous support from the Council.  The proposal will next face a final vote of the Council, likely sometime in January. 

King County Officials Cancel Proposed Fee Increase on Wireless Services

December 8, 2014 in Blog

In October, I wrote about King County officials’ proposal to dramatically increase the Right of Way (ROW) use fee they charged to wireless phone providers.  In their proposed 2015-16 county budget, some County officials wanted to increase the fee from the current $2,000 to $5,000 to a staggering $10,000, with a 4% automatic increase every year.  The fee is ultimately paid by cell phone customers in the form of higher service prices.

Part 3: Why L&I’s “Lower Than First Proposed” .8% Workers’ Comp Tax Increase Is Not a Great Deal for Employers or Workers

December 3, 2014 in Blog

While the seemingly “modest” or “measured” .8% increase in workers’ compensation taxes for 2015 appear unremarkable and have garnered little criticism, our neighbors to the south continue to enjoy significant rate decreases.

Why L&I’s “Lower Than First Proposed” .8% Workers’ Comp Tax Increase Is No Great Deal for Employers or Workers

December 3, 2014 in Blog

Last week the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced the average rate increase for workers’ compensation taxes in 2015 would be .8%, a full percentage point less than the 1.8% increase the agency first proposed this fall.  L&I says this lower tax rate will allow employers and workers to “keep about $20 million in their pocketbooks—money they would have paid into the syst

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!

Minimum wage boost no panacea

November 13, 2014 in In the News
Puget Sound Business Journal
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Another Victory for Right-to-Work: Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Union Lawsuit

November 7, 2014 in Blog

The Indiana Supreme Court has dealt another blow to unions desperate to turn back existing right-to-work laws and stop them from spreading to other states.  Yesterday the Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit by unions to have the state’s recently passed right-to-work law found unconstitutional.

Labor Files Lawsuit in Wisconsin Demanding a Higher Minimum Wage

November 5, 2014 in Blog

A labor union-backed group in Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit demanding Governor Scott Walker unilaterally increase the state’s current minimum wage of $7.25.