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Chief Executive magazine rankings put Washington 32nd for business climate

May 19th, 2015

We’re closing out the second week of May with some rankings… Chief Executive magazine released its 2015 “Best and Worst States for Business.” Texas, Florida and North Carolina came in top three. Washington ranks #32, earning three out of five stars for workforce quality and two out of five for taxes and regulations. Summary line from the analysis: High tech and manufacturing continue… Read more

Higher postsecondary attainment is key to state’s future success

May 12th, 2015

In a recent report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education, the Lumina Foundation finds that 43.8 percent of Washington state’s 3.8 million working-age adults (those between the ages of 25 and 64) hold a two- or four-year college degree. The percentage increased from 42.5 percent in 2010 and is slightly above the national rate of 41.6 percent. The Washington State Board of Education… Read more

Washington by the numbers

April 30th, 2015

Our state turned in some good economic numbers recently.  Washington added over 100,000 jobs from March 2014 to March 2015, according to the Washington Employment Security Department’s most recent monthly employment report. (Private sector added 88,900 jobs while the public sector gained an estimated 12,000 jobs.) The department also reported expansions in state economic growth outpacing that of the nation in its 2014… Read more

New Report: Washington’s Top Transportation Challenges

April 21st, 2015

We’re lucky to live in a growing state. However, the evidence that our state is outgrowing its current transportation system keeps stacking up. Released today, a new report by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization finds Washington state faces, “numerous challenges in providing a transportation system that is safe, well-maintained, efficient and adequately funded.” The report, Washington’s Top Transportation Challenges: Meeting… Read more

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