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UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

State of Washington proposes new overtime pay rules

State agency proposes new salary standards for exempting some workers from overtime pay.


Nikki Haley brings pro-business message to Spokane

The story of a young child with a fascination for business isn’t what packed the banquet room at the Davenport Grand for the spring meeting of the Association of Washington …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

CEOs: Training, culture draws employees to companies

Investments in education for skilled trades and promoting company culture are key in attracting employees, area business leaders said at a CEO panel Wednesday.


Wagstaff Inc. recognized as Employer of the Year for creative recruitment and retention programs

Wagstaff Inc. was named the 2018 Employer of the Year by the Association of Washington Business. The statewide award recognized the company’s efforts to recruit and retain employees through competitive …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Spokane Valley-based Wagstaff named employer of year

Spokane Valley-based Wagstaff Inc. was recognized as Washington’s employer of the year Wednesday at the Association of Washington Businesses’ third annual Evening of Excellence in Seattle.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018

Spokane Valley manufacturer among finalists for Washington’s employer of the year

Wagstaff Inc., a Spokane Valley manufacturer, is one of three finalists for Washington’s employer of the year.


More Washington workers could be eligible for overtime under proposed change

Changes to Washington’s overtime rules could significantly boost the number of professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay.


Spin Control: Active initiative campaigns have to kick into high gear

Memorial Day weekend means its crunch time for efforts to get enough signatures on petitions for initiatives to the Legislature.


Billions at stake for Washington growers and manufacturers under Trump trade policy, speakers say

Washington’s economy relies heavily on trade, with about 40 percent of the state’s jobs tied to international exports. As the Trump administration crafts trade policy, billions of dollars are at …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Spokane leaders will chair Washington business organizations

Two Spokane business leaders will head statewide organizations this year.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Schweitzer Engineering recognized as top Washington employer by business group

The Association of Washington Business named Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as its employer of the year during a Wednesday ceremony in Seattle.


Trump should dump his Ex-Im nominee

If Trump truly wants to put America first, he will find someone who fully supports the bank’s mission.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Coalition says Washington needs $190 billion for better infrastructure

Washington needs some $190 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years and must be ready to take advantage of any new federal program to help rebuild them, a …


Oh! Tannenbaum a bit too big for Capitol Rotunda

The Holiday Kids’ Tree needs a bit of trimming before it gets set up in the Washington Capitol Rotunda.


Spin Control: State Democrats may use presidential primary in 2020

After decades of selecting presidential nominees through the precinct caucuses, Democrats may switch to a primary.


Inslee, Bryant agree to Spokane debate

Gubernatorial debate scheduled for Aug. 17 in Spokane.


Where does Washington rank? It depends

Where the state ranks depends on who is doing the ranking.


Inslee, McKenna square off at Bing

The two leading candidates for Washington governor debated for the first time on Tuesday and agreed that new taxes aren’t needed to improve schools. But they disagreed on most other …


Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

Spokane will be in the political limelight Tuesday as Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the season takes the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Association of Washington Business and …


Spokane to host Inslee, McKenna for governor debate

The likely Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will debate this June in Spokane. An on-again, off-again matchup of state Attorney General Rob McKenna and former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee …


Gregoire to set special session

CLE ELUM, Wash. – The state’s economic outlook is likely to get worse in the next two months. Until she knows how much worse, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she …


Caldwell: I-1098 is not a business-friendly tax option

Nobody out here in Eastern Washington likes to admit it, but King County is the great trough from which most of the rest of us feed. Initiative 1098 is a …


Small businesses wrangle with health reform and what it means for them

Harris Mithoug said he had a simple solution to the challenges of life without health insurance: Don’t get hurt. The 31-year-old bartender at The Onion restaurant in Spokane did not …


Worker-friendly firms lauded

Six Spokane-area businesses and nonprofits were among 18 saluted last week by the Association for Washington Business for their outstanding commitment to employees. Companies were nominated for training, safety and …


State’s high marks a positive for business

Washingtonians should be blushing – or flushing, depending on how seriously one takes outsider rankings of a state’s desirability as a place to do business. Washington scored a rare three-fer …