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Washington’s imports and exports increased in July, but trade is still below 2019 levels

Trade data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows that the value of exports from Washington increased by 15.0 percent in July, after falling 39.1...Read More

Washington’s SharedWork program garners praise

Washington States’s SharedWork program was praised in a recent New York Times article about the “often overlooked” benefits of job sharing programs. Officially titled short-time...Read More

Report: Washington State is experiencing a child care affordability crisis

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, over half a million children in Washington did not have access to licensed child care, and nearly one in five...Read More

Amazon doubles quarterly profits: An economist, a policy researcher, and a historian react

Amazon’s profits soared to $5.2 billion in the second quarter, doubling its bottom line from the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net sales...Read More

Oregon Legislature to convene special session; Washington unlikely to do the same

On Friday afternoon, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to call a special legislative session for Aug. 10, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s reporting. In...Read More

Commerce announces $20 million emergency response grants for Tribes

 The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $20 million in emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding is now available to the...Read More

An intersectional perspective on economic recovery

The bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Economic Recovery (SCER) convened its second hearing this week. In the first hearing, conducted on June 16th, economists and...Read More

Will Congress appropriate more relief funds for state and local governments?

State legislators are holding out hope that Congress will provide more funds for state and local governments that could be used to address revenue shortfalls....Read More

NFIB: 44 Washington Legislators Named Guardians of Small Business

The state’s leading small-business association today named its Guardians of Small Business winners. Ask every member of the Washington State Legislature if he or she...Read More

Why there won’t be a special session this summer – or at all

Recently, Joe O’Sullivan reported what had been increasingly clear in recent weeks: there will be no special session this summer to address the fiscal shortfall....Read More