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, January, 2009
Washington state is facing a projected $6 billion budget deficit, because the rise in state revenues is not keeping up with the legislature’s planned spending increases. The unemployment rate at the end of 2008 jumped to 7.1%, from 4.6% a year before. The U.S. economy is on shaky ground, and the state economy is also teetering.
Brian M. Riedl, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, January, 2009
In a throwback to the 1930s and 1970s, some lawmakers are betting that America’s economic ills can be cured by an extraordinary expansion of government. This tired approach has already failed repeatedly in the past year, in which Congress and the President:
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business & Andrew Chamberlain, principal at Chamberlain Economics, L.L.C., October, 2008
In 2001, the state legislature created the Washington State Tax Structure Committee, also known as the Gates Commission, headed by William H. Gates, Sr. The mandate given to the Commission by the state legislature was to conduct “a systematic analysis of Washington’s existing tax structure and provide recommendations for alternatives to improve the tax system.”
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, October, 2008
Taxes play an integral part in commerce—businesses and consumers take into account the cost of taxation along with the other costs of any business or commercial transaction when determining their action. But taxes, and the way they are collected, also play a huge role when business owners decide where and how to set up a business.
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.
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.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, June, 2008
The Oxford American Dictionary defines “tax” as, “a sum of money to be paid by people or business firms to a government, to be used for public purposes.”
Today, taxes are used to pay for public goods such as schools, roads, airports, utilities, museums, social work, sports, and more.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, April, 2008
The heat‐related illness (HRI) administrative code (WAC 296‐62‐095) is a regulation that still has several holes in it and could cause confusion among small businesses and employers.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, March, 2008
Looking back can give one a sense of pessimism or optimism. On one hand you can observe failures; on the other hand you can see room for improvement and discern a productive plan for the future.