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Economy

Second quarter Economic and Revenue Forecast shows continued strength

The Washington Economic and Revenue Council released its August Economic and Revenue Update on Thursday. Overall economic and revenue results are solid with strong employment...Read More

US Senators sponsor bill to “clear the way” for Millennium Bulk Terminal

Four Republican US Senators have filed a bill to “clear the way for construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminal” project in Longview, Washington. Senators Steve Daines...Read More

Paid Family Medical Leave Act rulemaking solicits feedback from small businesses

The first phase of rulemaking for the program ended in May 2018 and covered Collective bargaining agreements, premium liability, and voluntary plans. Details about phase...Read More

Washington lawmakers weigh in on Trump’s $12 billion farm aid

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans to provide $12 billion in emergency aid to help farmers impacted by President Trump’s agricultural...Read More

The human capital costs of the Janus ruling

One of the most important impacts of Janus might be lost to outside observers. Without intentional leadership to recruit, retain, and organize younger workers in...Read More

State revenue forecast up $298 million but trade war threat looms

Washington's economy continues to outperform the nation, but the threat of a trade war puts a damper on the good news from today's state revenue forecast. ...Read More

Murray blasts Trump on Canada, Mexico, and EU tariffs

On Thursday Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued a scathing letter in defense of Washington State, chastising President Trump for the recent tariffs against Canada, Mexico,...Read More

Despite head tax repeal, Sens. Schoesler and O’Ban to continue moving forward with new tax legislation

Senators Schoesler and O’Ban say they will continue moving forward with the separate tax bills they have proposed in response to the tax....Read More

Schoesler says Republican senators will work to ensure Washington remains best place for aerospace

Senator Schoesler offered this response to the governor’s announcement that highlighted a study characterizing Washington as the best place to build airplanes...Read More

Gov. Inslee fields questions on head tax and ST3 lawsuit during aerospace press conference

Inslee answers questions on how Seattle's head tax and the ST3 lawsuit might impact Boeing's continued business in Washington....Read More