Survey of Washington small business owners released at press conference today
Seattle — Specific proposals that several Western states would implement to comply with a proposed cap-and-trade carbon emissions control pact would destroy jobs and erode income, according to a report co-released by a national economics institute and the Washington Policy Center.
Olympia – Today Washington Policy Center (WPC) is running a full-page ad in The Olympian warning lawmakers about the impact of tax increases. The ad uses information from Washington Research Council’s new study, “The Economic Impact of Hiking Taxes to Close the Budget Gap.”
“As legislators wrestle with the state budget shortfall, it’s important that they recognize the effects of tax hikes on job preservation and creation,” says Dr. Kriss Sjoblom, VP for Research and Economist with the Washington Research Council.
Olympia - Today the Department of Labor and Industries announced a 7.6 percent increase in workers’ comp system premiums for calendar year 2010, which will result in a $117 million cost increase for businesses. This marks the third year in a row premiums have increased and it is the largest increase since 2003 when state officials raised the rate 29 percent.