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Unemployment claims jumped sharply last week, reports the U.S. Department of Labor. In the week ending January 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 965,000, an increase of…Read more
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin offers lawmakers prudent counsel as the COVID-recession continues to plague the state economy: Less spending, not more taxes, is recipe for state budget. The midst of a…Read more
Small business optimism fell sharply in December, according to the latest NFIB Small Business Optimism Index. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 5.5 points in December to 95.9, falling b…Read more
Editorial: “overall strength of Washington’s economy is providing ample tax dollars to balance the state budget and more.”January 11, 2021
Although the governor and some legislators seek tax increases this session, they have yet to make a compelling case for them, writes The Seattle Times editorial board. The editorial makes the point, o…Read more
Business taxes in Washington continue to rank well above the US average, as reported by the Washington Research Council in a new policy brief. Here's the WRC brief comment: In fiscal year 2019, Washin…Read more
Today's jobs report for December tells the story of an economy still reeling from the surge in COVID cases. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 140,00…Read more