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Economy

Revenue forecasting during the pandemic

Sales tax revenue has remained surprisingly steady during the pandemic in two Washington State counties, likely bolstered by federal stimulus and unemployment spending. The Wire...Read More

An overview of WA food grants during the pandemic

Up to one in three Washingtonians used state food assistance at some point between last October and January, and the University of Washington and Washington...Read More

Q&A: Sen. Mark Mullet on insurance credit scoring

In March, Washington State’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued emergency rules prohibiting insurance companies from using credit-based insurance scoring to help determine premiums. The rules...Read More

CERB invests more than $10 million in rural, broadband projects

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) yesterday approved $8,272,040 million in grants and $1,975,000 in low-interest loans for planning, economic development and rural...Read More

Three housing issues lawmakers are thinking about

Housing is a top priority for Washington State legislators as they look ahead to the 2022 session. If they’re thinking about housing, legislators are generally...Read More

Changes to WA Cares Fund likely next session

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expect to see changes to the Washington Cares Fund in the 2022 session as they try to ensure...Read More

One-quarter of Washington renters expect to be evicted

Nearly one-quarter of Washington State renters were expecting to be evicted within two months, as of early July.  That data was provided during a Sept....Read More

Gig workers are still organizing, even without traditional unions

Workers in the gig economy have been working during COVID-19 and have secured significant wins in cities like Seattle. But as the pandemic continues, organizers...Read More

Washington receives $2 million SBA grant to boost small business exports

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a tenth year of funding to help small businesses grow through exporting. The...Read More

More Washington business owners couldn’t make rent this month

The number of Washington State small business owners who said they couldn’t make rent, or make rent on time, is higher this month than in...Read More