According to small business owners, Washington State’s already difficult business climate is getting worse.
The third annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey asked more than 12,000 small business owners across the nation to rank state and city friendliness to their business across various categories, such as the cost of hiring a new employee, tax burden, regulations, and licensing requirements.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Illinois home health care workers cannot be forced to participate in a union or pay “agency fees” or union dues. In Harris v. Quinn, SCOTUS ruled those workers are “partial public employees” and are not subject to a law that allows public sector unions to collect mandatory union dues, or agency fees, as a condition of employment.
Today Fox News aired a story discussing the dramatically increased fish consumption rate that will soon be adopted by the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE). The story included comments from the Washington Policy Center, which began researching and commenting on the fish consumption issue in 2012.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did not rule in its Harris v. Quinn case today, as some had expected, on whether government workers must join a union, the decision does call into question the forced unionization of some Washington residents.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a series of proposals to reduce crime in the city. Calling it a “crisis of confidence” in public safety, Murray identified the city’s high youth unemployment rate as a contributing factor to crime.
Today The Seattle Timesfeatured business owners who are grappling with how to deal with Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law. While sobering, none of the business owners’ reactions to the mandated high wage are surprising.
The owner of a small, family-run hotel said he plans to raise room rates and reduce workers’ hours (but not their job duties):
An organization representing small business owners in Seattle has filed a charter amendment to undo the City’s recently passed $15 minimum wage law and replace it with a less aggressive and less complicated minimum wage increase.
Today the International Franchise Association filed a lawsuit asking a court to block implementation of Seattle’s newly passed $15 minimum wage law. The law received unanimous support from the Seattle City Council and is scheduled to go into effect April 1, 2015.
Governor Jay Inslee today praised a national ranking by Forbes that shows Washington state is the best state in which to make a living.The ranking lists “no income tax” as one of the primary reasons for Washington’s high standing.