We have an op-ed in today's Seattle Times on Gov. Inslee's recent veto of a reduced Business & Occupation (B&O) tax rate for manufacturing companies in Washington state. We argue that manufacturing jobs are a crucial component of providing workers with good-paying middle-class jobs, and that tax incentives will encourage companies to come here, stay here and possibly expand here:
A recent blog post by James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), "Is automation really the worst enemy of the US middle class?," adds perspective to the ongoing debate over how much impact robots and automation have on jobs:
Today's topic is the expanded state environmental regulations that, due to their arbitrary and excessive nature, threaten to send good-paying jobs - many of them union jobs - out of Washington state.
This week we're discussing the Attorney General's request that the state Supreme Court reconsider its ruling that charter schools are unconstitutional, the number of construction jobs staying essentially flat statewide, and a federal grant for Washington to study the feasibility of paid family leave implementation.
In this episode:
The Puget Sound Business Journal recently brought together a panel of Puget Sound manufacturers to discuss the problem, verging on crisis, of finding skilled workers.
In a nutshell: “Manufacturers can’t find workers to fill open positions.” And these are good-paying blue-collar positions.
Seattle Times columnist writes about that mythical $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing: not a giveaway!
Though the Department of Revenue calculated it exactly as it was supposed to, a more realistic view is that the legislation costs taxpayers nothing.
He summarizes, drawing on points we developed in the brief.
The Puget Sound Business Journal has a good overview. As the PSBJ reports, it's complicated.
Among the challenges faced by policymakers (and that includes voters) trying to determine the effects of raising the minimum wage is sorting through the flood of conflicting information. Much of the conflict comes because people who are supposedly talking about the same thing are not, really, talking about the same thing.
Regional economist sets a low bar. Says a $15 minimum wage is "not outrageous." It's also not a good idea.
Regional economist Dick Conway told KPLU that a $15 minimum wage is "really not that outrageous." Conway has been on record before; he was the economist Gov. Inslee cited by name at AWB's legislative day (about 41 minutes in).