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New revenue would boost state GDP, add 66,000 new jobs

New analysis released by Washington State Budget and Policy Center shows that funding new community investments by raising equitable revenue through increased taxes on the...Read More

Department of Commerce details COVID-19 impacts on industry sectors and its economic recovery plan for small businesses

Washington Department of Commerce (COM) data details the disparate impact of COVID-19 on taxable business income, which will affect the state operating budget, on different...Read More

Reminder: Minimum wage goes to $13.69 starting Jan. 1, 2021

There’s a question about the minimum wage that the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) receives a lot, especially at the start of a new...Read More

As Inslee proposes new capital gains tax, progressives launch ad campaign

Governor Jay Inslee released his 2021 – 2023 biennial budget proposal today. The $57.6 billion proposal includes a new capital gains tax and a tax...Read More

Opinion: Washington state is already leading the nation on the future of gig work

I’ve been working in the gig economy as an Uber and Lyft driver for 6 years. For a brief time, the promise of decent pay...Read More

House Appropriations Committee reviews 2021 budget outlook

The House Appropriations Committee held a virtual work session on Nov. 30th in which Dave Johnson, a Committee Staff member from the Office of Program...Read More

Opinion: Olympia should lead the nation on the future of gig work

As a retiree on a fixed income, driving with Uber offers me the perfect way to earn supplemental income. When I want to work I...Read More

Rachel Smith named Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday it had selected Rachel Smith as its new President & CEO, effective January 4, 2021. Smith...Read More

COVID hits food chain from farm to family

The coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted Washington’s food chain from farm to table. From restaurant closures to increased demand from consumers at the supermarket, demand shifted...Read More

Report: Washington State’s unemployment system is failing to pay benefits promptly

Working Washington, a labor-focused nonprofit, published a report this week alleging that the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has failed to provide benefits to tens...Read More