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Regulatory Audit Concludes State Must Do More to Ease Regulatory Burden

September 7, 2012 in Blog

The day I was in Portland participating in NFIB’s Small Business Conference on government regulations and their impact on small businesses, the State Auditor’s Office released a Performance Audit on regulations in Washington state.

Did Your Teen Find a Summer Job?

September 6, 2012 in Publications


The problem of stubbornly high unemployment continues to dominate the policy debate both nationally and in Washington state. Holding steady at 8.5%, Washington’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average and is 14th highest in the nation.

Young workers in Washington fare even worse. Our state’s teen unemployment rate is tied for sixth highest among the fifty states at 28.7%. The national teen unemployment rate is 23.8%.

Editorial: Public Bucks, Private Talks

September 6, 2012 in In the News
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Put the legislature back in charge of prioritizing state employee compensation

September 5, 2012 in Blog

The Olympian this morning has an update on the status of the state's 2013-15 union negotiations that outgoing Governor Gregoire is finalizing (binding) for the next Governor:

L&I Considers Regulatory Relief for HVAC and Electrical Contractors

August 14, 2012 in Blog

The state Department of Labor & Industries is considering some significant changes to the Washington Administrative Code related to electrical permits.   After a series of meetings with those in the industry who must navigate the maze of regulations and permits associated with electrical work, L&I’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) approved several proposed WAC changes that, if passed, would provide relief to HVAC and electrical contractors.  Most of the proposed changes pertain to low voltage, but they also effect high voltage as well. 

Wisconsin-style Reforms Could Boost Funding for Washington Public Schools

August 13, 2012 in Publications

Amid the swirl and controversy of the recall election in Wisconsin, the underlying policies the state legislature enacted more than a year ago by passing Act 10 have been steadily implemented.  Now that the dust has settled, it’s a good time to review the changes Wisconsin enacted, and whether they offer practical ways our own lawmakers can improve public education for Washington’s children.

President's Job Council Takes Six-month Break While Unemployment Increases by 34,000

July 24, 2012 in Blog

President Obama claims creating jobs is among his top priorities, yet his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness hasn’t met publicly in more than six months.