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Seattle Proposal Seeks to Restrict Employers' Access to Criminal Records for Background Checks

December 5, 2012 in Publications

Key Findings

Washington State Pension Calculator

November 29, 2012 in Publications

Key Findings

  1. The average annual state pension for all plans (weighted by headcount) is $21,493.
  2. Two of Washington’s nine pension plans are already in the red with unfunded liabilities totaling more than $5 billion.
  3. Washington’s multibillion-dollar pension problem was not created overnight, so it will take time to eliminate these unfunded liabilities.
  4. For future pension benefits, Washington should transition to a defined-contribution plan, similar to a 401(k), for new hires.


Seattle City Council Wants to Ban Employers' Access to Criminal Records

November 7, 2012 in Blog

Seattle is often the incubator for bad business policy. Last year the city became one of the few in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for all workers.  Now the City Council is considering an ordinance that would make Seattle one of the few to limit employers’ ability to access public records and conduct background checks on potential employees. 

State monopoly is still broken

October 22, 2012 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
The Snohomish Times
Friday, October 19, 2012

Workers' comp reforms help, but state monopoly remains unsound

October 12, 2012 in In the News
The News Tribune (Tacoma)
The News Tribune (Tacoma)
Friday, October 12, 2012

Surprise…government regulations influence hiring decisions

October 4, 2012 in Blog

Demonstrating that government rules and regulations play a significant role in small business owners’ staffing decisions, two reports show small businesses across the nation cut back on hiring this summer and have lowered their staffing plans for the future.

More Bad News for Small Businesses

September 28, 2012 in Blog

The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today the state’s minimum wage will increase in 2013 from the current $9.04 to $9.19 per hour. 

Washington State already has the highest minimum wage in the nation.  The new increase ensures the state will hold on to that dubious honor.