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Improving Washington's Small Business Climate

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Following a successful tour of small business forums across eight Washington cities, WPC's Center for Small Business has released results of its small business survey at a joint press conference with NFIB on Wednesday, January 30, at the state Capitol.

Small Business Owners Say Reforms Are Needed to Improve State’s Business Climate and Create Jobs

in Press releases

Survey of Washington small business owners released at press conference today

Survey of Washington small business owners released at press conference today

January 30, 2013 in Blog

At a press conference at the state capitol today, Washington Policy Center offered policy recommendations showing how lawmakers can improve Washington’s small business climate, help working families and spur economic recovery in our state.

Seattle Employers Could Soon Face Legal Dilemma When Hiring New Workers

January 30, 2013 in Publications

The Seattle Times published this column on January 30, 2013.

Seattle is often the incubator for bad business policy. In 2011, the city became one of the few in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for all workers. Now the Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would make Seattle one of the few to restrict employers’ ability to conduct criminal-background checks on potential employees.

Single-Payer Health Care: Paid for One Job at a Time

January 22, 2013 in Blog

Throughout his campaign and even in the days leading up to his inauguration, Governor Inslee has repeatedly said he is, “focused like a laser beam on jobs.” 

She Said What?

January 16, 2013 in Blog

In yesterday’s final State of the State speech, Governor Gregoire spent 44 minutes summarizing her struggles and accomplishments leading the state of Washington for during the last tumultuous eight years.

When she finally got to the state’s business climate, Gregoire bragged that, “…over the past eight years, we had little or no increases in workers’ comp premiums.” 

This simply isn't true.