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.

Publications

Right-to-work is right for Washington

June 29, 2015 in Publications

Senate committee passes bills to advance workplace democracy and worker rights

March 18, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this legislative memo with citations here.

Introduction

This Legislative Memo provides an overview and analysis of nine bills passed recently by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee that represent the most significant advance in worker rights in decades.

Paid leave would cost non-union employers over $1.5 billion annually

March 5, 2015 in Publications

Unions seek to exempt themselves from workplace mandates

Download a PDF of this Legislative Memo with citations here.

Key Findings 

In Washington state, almost one-fourth of wireless phone bills go to taxes

February 23, 2015 in Publications

report by the Tax Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the highest wireless taxes in the nation.  In previous years Washington held steady at the second highest.  Clearly we are moving in the wrong direction.

HB 1646 Equal Pay Act would promote unfair pay for unequal work

February 20, 2015 in Publications