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U.S. Supreme Court provides blueprint for state online sales tax collection
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jun 21, 2018

It’s not every day the U.S. Supreme Court overturns prior opinions. When that decision has to do with the online sales tax power of states, the potential impact becomes even bigger. This is especially true for states like Washington without income taxes and for those of us who want to stay income tax free. Those are just some of the reasons today’s 5-4 ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair concerning online sales tax collection is so important. In its decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1992 Quill ruling that limited the power of states to impose sales tax collection obligations on out-of-state business.

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Signer beware!
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Jun 21, 2018

As the Governor sits behind closed doors negotiating state worker contracts with the government unions that helped elect him, all we know so far is what the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) has decided to share. 

In Washington, collective bargaining negotiations for public employees are not open to the public—they are done in secret.  There is no access at all to what is being negotiated for the taxpayers who will ultimately foot the bill.  Even the public employees on whose behalf the negotiations are taking place are in the dark.  So too are lawmakers and the media. 

At this point, the only thing WFSE has decided to share is that they have “resolved some articles but challenges lie ahead.” 

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More Health Insurance Choices for Small Businesses and Individuals with the Expanded Use of Association Health Plans
By ROGER STARK  | 
Jun 20, 2018

Yesterday, the Trump Administration released information on its plan to expand the use of association health plans (AHP). AHPs allow small businesses and potentially individuals to band together to form a large group for health insurance purposes. Large group insurance plans are regulated by ERISA laws and are not subject to the regulations and mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Small businesses are typically start-up or low-margin companies where the added cost of employee health insurance can mean the difference between success and bankruptcy.

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