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The biggest threat to employers in the ongoing special session is House Bill 2038. The centerpiece of the House Democrats’ plan to raise taxes by $879 million is to permanently extend...

May 22, 2013

Mark Twain once said, “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Maybe that's why so many small businesses and employers across Washington are holding...

March 21, 2013

The Legislature is approaching some very important deadlines. Friday, Feb. 22, is policy committee “cutoff.” That means bills must have passed their respective policy committees in their house of origin or...

Feb. 21, 2013

If we are to get Washington working again, the Legislature must move forward on a number of reforms in state government that would provide the certainty employers need to create jobs....

Feb. 14, 2013

It's encouraging to see the state's unemployment rate drop to 8.2 percent in February. That's down almost a full percentage point from February 2011 when unemployment was at 9.1 percent. It...

April 13, 2012

There were no surprises when the quarterly state revenue forecast was released March 17. It showed incoming revenues are down by more than $778 million, putting the state's projected budget shortfall...

March 21, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”  I was...

Feb. 18, 2011

Several days ago, financial guru Jim Cramer's Web site, The Street, listed its pick of the best and worst states for small business. Surprisingly, the New York-based Web site listed Washington...

Jan. 26, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce As we enter the second month of the 2011 legislative session, here are some numbers to contemplate: Washington added about 2,100 jobs in December, yet...

Jan. 19, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Local builders and people seeking to purchase a new home can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. The Washington State Building...

June 23, 2010