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.


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!

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published by the National Center for Policy Analysis on May 27, 2014. 

Seattle’s proposed $15 minimum wage has yet to pass, but it is already hurting the labor market, according to the Washington Policy Center.

Would the "Taxpayer Protection Act" really protect taxpayers?

April 7, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

Even Seattle liberals think a $15 minimum wage goes too far

March 24, 2014 in Publications

As Seattle officials continue pressing forward with plans to impose a $15 minimum wage, some of the city’s liberal business owners and nonprofit organizations are sounding the alarm.  Following a narrow victory in Sea-Tac, where a $15 minimum wage measure passed by 77 votes out of some 6,000 cast, labor activists say they plan to push the same measure in communities around the state.

HB 2175 would improve Washington’s wireless telecommunications competitiveness

March 7, 2014 in Publications


This Legislative Memo provides an overview and analysis of HB 2175. This bill would help improve Washington’s wireless telecommunications climate, making it easier and less costly for wireless companies to respond to the ever-increasing consumer demand for wireless telecommunications services.

HB 2175 would, among other things, require local governments to allow one permit for multiple small cell networks, known as microcells, instead of requiring a permit for each individual microcell facility.