Washington

Washington Unemployment
4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years

The unemployment rate in Washington state has fallen to the lowest level in five years.

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:58 pm

New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.

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Business Crowdfunding
5:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Olympia Mulls Crowdfunding Of Equity Shares In Business Startups

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures.

Federal securities regulators recently cleared the way for small, Kickerstarter-style campaigns for startups to sell shares. But many entrepreneurs view the federal process as too cumbersome. Now, Washington state lawmakers are contemplating a state-only version to help small businesses raise capital more easily. 

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Washington Taxes
5:34 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Washington Governor Calls State Tax System 'Old Jalopy'

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state’s tax system is outdated and insufficient to cover expenses.
Credit Thomas Sorenes / Wikimedia

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state’s tax system is outdated and insufficient to cover expenses. The Democrat made his comments Tuesday at the release of his proposed update to Washington’s two-year budget.

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Marijuana
5:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won't Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

Katheirne Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:02 am

As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, preventing “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho is a top priority of the U.S. Justice Department

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Corporate Taxes
4:53 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hear Pitch For Corporate Tax Disclosure

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:46 pm

The issue of tax transparency in Washington is getting fresh attention on the heels of a major tax deal for Boeing.

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Gas Tax Package
5:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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Employment Growth
5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Sees 'Soft Patch' In Hiring, Slow Overall Growth

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 3:25 pm

Washington state hit a 'soft patch' in hiring and is looking at slow overall growth. That news comes from two new data points on the Washington economy out Wednesday.

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Marijuana Business Licenses
6:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Celebration And Angst As Pot License Application Window Opens

The 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications is open in Washington. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke with a couple of the first applicants.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications is open in Washington. Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied on line and in-person Monday. So far the Department of Revenue reports nearly 300 completed on line applications. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke with a couple of the first applicants.

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McNeil Improper Contract
5:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Why Auditors Say Contract Work by Former McNeil Island Superintendent Was Improper

The state auditor says a former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island negotiated a contract that he benefited from after he resigned.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

The state auditor says a former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island negotiated a contract that he benefited from after he resigned.

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Gun Measure
5:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Bill And Melinda Gates Contribute To Washington Gun Control Measure

Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington.
Credit Kjetil Ree / Wikimedia Commons

Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington. The couple’s personal contributions late last month helped push the Yes on Initiative 594 campaign over the $1 million.

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