October 30, 2017
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Tax Foundation business tax climate index ranks Washington poorly on corporate taxes, but high for lack of income tax

Washington state continues to rank in the middle of the pack for its business tax climate, according to the latest national rankings from the Tax Foundation. The state ranks among the worst for its corporate and sales tax rates, but is ranked one of the best in the country for its lack of an income tax. Overall, Washington kept its ranking of 17th best in the nation.

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Lew Moore stepping down as president and CEO of Washington Research Council

After three years as head of the Washington Research Council, Lew Moore will step down in early 2018. He'll pursue business and policy interests in Utah, where he currently has a home.

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AWB members top PSBJ's annual list of top corporate philanthropists

All ten of the top corporate philanthropists in Washington state are AWB members. The Puget Sound Business Journal's 2017 Giving Guide notes the major contributions by Microsoft, Boeing, Costco, and other Northwest business icons -- all longtime AWB members.

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'


Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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