Our intern, Nikolai Riabov, recently posted on this blog a table comparing state and local taxes by state based upon the Census Bureau’s 2008 survey of government finances.

Update: Comparative State and Local Taxes

The Census Bureau recently released the latest statistics on state and local taxes as part of its 2008 Survey of Government Finances.

June Revenue Forecast

In its quarterly meeting this morning, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) approved revised forecasts of general fund revenue for the 2009-11 and 2011-13 biennia. Meeting documents are available here.

June Economic and Revenue Update

Last Friday, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (EFRC) posted its monthly progress report, the Economic and Revenue Update, for June. The update sets the stage for Thursday, when EFRC will issue its quarterly update to the state revenue forecast.

The U.S. economy has performed largely as anticipated in the February forecast,

Times Editorial From Rasmussen's WRC Dinner Remarks: "Cynical Nation"

The Seattle Times draws on Scott Rasmussen's speech at the Research Council dinner for this excellent editorial.

"People don't trust government projections," Rasmussen said. "Eighty-one percent believe that whatever the government says, it will cost more."

A Great 78th Annual Meeting for the WRC


Excellent coverage of Scott Rasmussen's speech in Washington State Wire.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen Featured Speaker at WRC's 78th Annual Meeting

Join us Wednesday, May 26, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, to celebrate 78 years of the Washington Research Council. Our keynote speaker will be Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, one of the nation's premier polling firms.

The meeting begins as 7:00 p.m. Reception begins at 5:30.

Contact the WRC for ticket information.

Seattle Lost More Than 23,000 Private Sector Jobs Between March 2008 and March 2009

The Puget Sound Regional Council has posted estimates of employment in March 2009 for the cities in the four-county PSRC region here.

Unemployment Insurance Burden

This table compares the unemployment tax burden in Washington with that in other states.

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Challenging Times for Refiners

These are challenging times in the oil refining industry, as an article on the front page of the business section of today’s New York Times documents (Chilly Climate for Oil Refiners).

Five U.S. refineries have shut down in the past year.