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

If this is “the plan” to grow the economy, we need a new one

February 13, 2013 in Blog

Today Governor Inslee unveiled his “Working Washington Agenda,” a package of “legislative proposals to create and sustain a thriving economic climate.” In a press conference, the governor claimed his plan will “create a positive climate for job growth” and “give Washingtonians the tools to get back to work.”

This Is Not the Way to Create Jobs

February 13, 2013 in Blog

Just hours before Governor Jay Inslee holds a press conference to unveil his “Washington Jobs Agenda,” his “legislative proposals to create and sustain a thriving economic climate,” the House Labor & Workforce Development Committee this morning passed two bills that would do more to kill jobs and strangle the economy than any legislation in recent history.

'Training wage' bill on state Senate's table

February 6, 2013 in In the News
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
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2013 Legislative Briefing

Dann Mead Smith, Paul Guppy and the full research team from Washington Policy Center presented their findings and key issues this Legislative Session on government reform, small business issues, environmental policy, health care and education reform to over 100 legislators, key staff and WPC supporters at our 2013 Legislative Briefing, held at the Capitol in Olympia on Monday, February 4.

Business Tax Should Be Simplified to Flat Rate

February 5, 2013 in Publications

In 1972, Washington voters considered an amendment to the state constitution to automatically end all special tax exemptions after 10 years unless they were reauthorized. That measure failed by a vote of 45 percent to 55 percent.

Lawmakers Tackle Our State’s High Teen Unemployment Rate

February 1, 2013 in Blog

It’s been a busy week for the Small Business Center.   Between holding a press conference to present lawmakers with the results of WPC’s Small Business Survey and testifying on bills that will reform workers’ compensat

Despite Moratorium, Hundreds of New State Regulations Imposed in 2012

January 31, 2013 in Blog

Despite Executive Order 11-03 from Governor Christine Gregoire implementing a moratorium on “non-critical” agency rulemaking in 2012, state agencies still imposed more regulations than the previous year.  Under the Executive Order, agencies weren’t supposed to adopt new regulations unless they, “protect Washingtonians from significant risks to public health, safety or welfare, or by request of local governments, businesses or entities the state regulates.”

It does not appear agencies paid much heed to Gregoire’s directive.

Improving Washington's Small Business Climate

Where do we go from here?

Following a successful tour of small business forums across eight Washington cities, WPC's Center for Small Business has released results of its small business survey at a joint press conference with NFIB on Wednesday, January 30, at the state Capitol.