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WPC's Center for Small Business focuses on improving Washington's small business climate by working closely with business owners and policymakers. The Center provides accurate information and analysis on the state's regulatory climate, tax structure, health insurance systems, and more.

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WPC testifies before Congress on the Small Business Health Option Program exchanges

September 19, 2014 in Blog

Earlier this week, WPC's Health Policy Analyst, Dr. Roger Stark, testified at a Congressional hearing, conducted by the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, to examine the ongoing problems with the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges. 

Rep. Sam Graves, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, released a statement yesterday, noting how SHOPs have fallen short of intended goals and pointed to a portion of Dr. Stark's testimony:

Governor Blames Lack of Education Funding on the Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage

September 5, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday Governor Inslee held a general press conference where he discussed the economic state of Washington and the ongoing effort to fund education to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

In a new twist, the Governor blamed the state’s failure to fund education to the Court’s satisfaction on too many workers in our state earning the state minimum wage of $9.32 an hour.  This is the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation. 

A Real World Example of How a Free Labor Market Works

August 28, 2014 in Blog

A story today in The News Tribune demonstrates how the free market works and why government does not need to control the wages a business pays its workers. 

Torklift International, a manufacturer of recreational vehicle parts and accessories in Sumner, has decided to raise the wages of its 55 employees to $15 an hour.  The company made this decision voluntarily, because it was a good decision for their business.

Study: Take-Home Pay Buys More in Right-to-Work States

August 28, 2014 in Blog

A study released by the respected Tax Foundation last week ranks Washington among the top 10 most expensive states in which to live.  The study calculates the real buying power of $100 in each state to measure the true cost of living. 

Is Occupational Licensing is the New Poster Child for Regulatory Reform?

August 21, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday Congressman Sam Graves (MO), who chairs the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy asking the agency to study the “rise of occupational licensing across states and the economic effects of licensing on entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.”

Governor Inslee opposed to new taxes on internet access

August 21, 2014 in Blog

What seemed almost impossible a few months ago is becoming more probable with each passing day; taxes being charged for internet access. The return of taxes on internet access may occur due to the failure of Congress to either extend temporarily or permanently the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). The current ban on internet access taxes expires on November 1.

2015 Eastern Washington Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
3 Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA

Join Washington Policy Center again for our annual Statewide Solutions Summit Policy Conference coming this January 6th, 2015 in Tri-Cities!   

The half-day conference and lunch will cover the following topics:

2015 Bellevue Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Join Washington Policy Center again for our annual Solutions Summit Policy Conference coming this January 7th, 2015 in Bellevue before the beginning of the important 2015 Legislative Session covering the topics: