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.
Paul Guppy, Vice President of Research, April, 2010
With Democrats very much in control in Olympia, and Republicans on the sidelines, one would expect the legislature to close this year’s looming $2.8 billion budget gap with orderly dispatch. Instead Washingtonians were treated to a dizzying round of closed-door meetings, surprise hearings, do-overs, missed deadlines and bills with no text.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, April, 2010
Puget Sound Business Journal published this op-ed on April 23, 2010.
The 2009-11 supplemental budget recently enacted by the state Legislature, which increases taxes by $800 million, does not deal a fatal blow to any particular industry. Instead, legislators this year decided on the “death by a thousand cuts” approach to raising taxes.
Unfortunately, much of the tax increase falls directly on consumers and the business community, big and small.