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Budget priorities: Compensation increases?

December 18, 2012 in Blog

In my post earlier today I broke down Governor Gregoire's proposed tax increases. In her document explaining her Book 1 Budget (no tax increases), she said she proposed these tax increases because not doing so would result in:

A Tax Hike By Any Other Name…is Still a Tax Hike

December 17, 2012 in Blog

Last week the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESC) issued a press release announcing unemployment tax rates will be unchanged for most employers in 2013.

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