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.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, August, 2008
In order for a state to attract new businesses or encourage current businesses within the state to expand, lawmakers must offer a competitive tax system – one that incorporates many of the responsible principles such as transparency, simplicity, neutrality and more, as laid out in Part I of this series.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, July, 2008
Is Washington state truly friendly to businesses? It depends on whom you ask. Some reports say Washington has a favorable business climate, yet other measures show our state isn’t anywhere near the top end of business-friendly states. Which are correct? There is no definitive answer, but examining the criteria used by the different reports might shed some light on this controversial subject.
This special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session was for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work. The recently completed Session was discussed, with a focus on how it will affect you and your business. WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate. They also presented the top issues to look for during the remainder of this busy election year and previ
Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment, June, 2008
Imagine buying a car only to find it was a lemon. You would probably go back to the seller in an effort to get your money back. Contract and consumer protection laws are set up to mediate this relationship between buyer and seller. In most cases the power of one balances the other creating fair transactions that are mutually beneficial.