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A Real World Look at Increasing the Minimum Wage

October 10, 2014 in Blog

The CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs 2,000 restaurants nationwide, published an outstanding editorial in the Wall Street Journal last weekend that explains why a government mandate increasing the minimum wage is bad for employers and workers.

King County Mandates Higher Wages for County Employees...While Proposing to Cut 500 County Jobs

October 9, 2014 in Blog

This week the Metropolitan King County Council passed an ordinance that will require most county employees, and the employees of companies that do business with the county, to earn a “living wage.”

Governor Blames Lack of Education Funding on the Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage

September 5, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday Governor Inslee held a general press conference where he discussed the economic state of Washington and the ongoing effort to fund education to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

In a new twist, the Governor blamed the state’s failure to fund education to the Court’s satisfaction on too many workers in our state earning the state minimum wage of $9.32 an hour.  This is the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation. 

A Real World Example of How a Free Labor Market Works

August 28, 2014 in Blog

A story today in The News Tribune demonstrates how the free market works and why government does not need to control the wages a business pays its workers. 

Torklift International, a manufacturer of recreational vehicle parts and accessories in Sumner, has decided to raise the wages of its 55 employees to $15 an hour.  The company made this decision voluntarily, because it was a good decision for their business.

Study: Take-Home Pay Buys More in Right-to-Work States

August 28, 2014 in Blog

A study released by the respected Tax Foundation last week ranks Washington among the top 10 most expensive states in which to live.  The study calculates the real buying power of $100 in each state to measure the true cost of living. 

Is Occupational Licensing is the New Poster Child for Regulatory Reform?

August 21, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday Congressman Sam Graves (MO), who chairs the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy asking the agency to study the “rise of occupational licensing across states and the economic effects of licensing on entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.”

Did Washington Lose 6,500 Jobs Over Right-to-Work?

July 30, 2014 in Blog

News broke last week that Governor Inslee tried to “woo” Tesla Motors to build one of the biggest factories in the world in Washington State.  Unsuccessfully, it turns out.

Job Growth in States That Increased the Minimum Wage Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

July 24, 2014 in Blog

Advocates of a higher minimum wage have seized onto new data from the Department of Labor showing higher than average job growth in states that increased their minimum wage this year.   According to the DOL data, 12 of the 13 states that increased their minimum wages at the beginning of this year averaged slightly higher job growth (.85%) from January through June than the 37 states whose minimums did not increase (.61%).   Minimum wage supporters say this pro

Small Business Owners Say Washington’s Business Climate is Getting Worse

July 22, 2014 in Blog

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. 

“No Court Case is Going to Stop Us”

July 9, 2014 in Blog

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.