About That Audit: Business, Tax Collectors Talk Ideas For Resolving Appeals Issues

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has had concerns about the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) internal appeal system for years, including basic questions of transparency, said Amber Carter, director of governmental affairs for tax and fiscal policy at the AWB.

Taxpayer’s Nightmare: The Fight That Few Win

After nearly 100 years manufacturing signs, Greg Stuart was shocked to learn that his company, Vancouver Sign Group, was not legally a manufacturer – At least as far as the Washington State Department of Revenue was concerned.

Senate Republicans Sound Off On Potential Climate Policies

A hearing Thursday before the Senate Transportation Committee offered Republicans a chance to sound off on Gov. Jay Inslee’s potential carbon policy proposals, and Chairman Curtis King of Yakima didn’t leave the opportunity to waste. King criticized a report earlier this week from an Inslee-appointed task force that examined a cap-and-trade or a carbon tax […]

Washington’s Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 6% in October

Washington state’s unemployment rate ticked up again to 6 percent, according to the monthly jobs report issued by the Employment Security Department Wednesday. The state added 6,200 nonfarm jobs in the private sector, according to preliminary figures, but lost 600 government jobs. But the report says the number of unemployed people rose by 10,700 from […]

Carbon Washington Calls For 2016 Carbon Tax Intiative

In a long and thoughtful, yet strategic email to members and others, Yoram Bauman of Carbon Washington lays out the justification and strategy for a carbon tax initiative to the 2016 legislature. Fairly self explanatory, the email discusses a plan to place a tax on Washington citizens. The intention seems to give the legislature a […]

Cannabis Wars Part 3: The Proposals

The Framework: Discussions with the players, staff and legislators reveal a larger common core of remedies for Washington’s conflicting, inharmonious cannabis laws than one would think. The specifics will be hammered out in one or more pieces of legislation in the 2015 session. At least that is the plan. This has also been the plan […]

Seattle Echo-This Time Cannabis

Seattle Starts Their Own Cannabis Reform: Usually, just when all the interests on transportation start to coalesce on a transportation funding and project agreement, the folks or city council  in Seattle or the King County council find some money for transportation or they pass a big project funding package at the local ballot like Metro […]

State Forecasts $108M in New Revenue, But $4.7B Shortfall By 2019

Washington state can expect another $108 million in revenue in the current budget cycle, and $241 million in extra dollars in the two years that follow, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said in its quarterly revenue forecast Wednesday. That means the state should end the current cycle up $408 million, according to the budget […]

‘Who’s Getting Fired?’ Lawmaker Asks Health Benefit Exchange CEO After Recent Glitch

Some Washington lawmakers on Tuesday expressed obvious displeasure in the state’s Health Benefit Exchange, the marketplace more than 1 million residents have used to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, after the exchange’s website went down on Saturday, the first day of the new enrollment period.