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Benefits paid – the best measure of workers’ comp costs

May 20th, 2013

The Washington Research Council has an insightful rundown on its blog, detailing the rationale for using workers’ compensation benefits paid to compare costs between states. We use  benefits paid for our Benchmarks for a Better Washington because it’s the most reliable, stable state-by-state metric for measuring a key business cost that impacts employer decisions about where to keep and create jobs.  The conclusion of that data is concerning… Read more

Yes on Mutual Consent Bill

May 16th, 2013

The Seattle Times today offers a strong endorsement for a key piece of education reform legislation up for consideration by the Washington State Legislature.  SB 5242 would require a mutual agreement between a principal and teacher before the teacher is assigned to a school. It gives principals a greater say in hiring a teaching staff that will meet the vision/mission of each school. … Read more

New Benchmark data underscores need for action during special session

May 10th, 2013

In 2011, the Roundtable put forward a vision for Washington state: Make it a top 10 state for quality of life and innovation and ensure it is not one of the 10 most expensive states in which to do business.  We established the Benchmarks for a Better Washington to measure progress on a discrete set of metrics that speak to this vision.  Updated… Read more

Setting priorities for special legislative session

May 2nd, 2013

This week’s WashACE Insider has a full update on business priorities for the special legislative session scheduled to begin May 13.  Top priority: pass a sustainable budget. WashACE also urges lawmakers to make progress on key education reforms, approval of a transportation investment package, and workers’ compensation reform.  Get all of the detail at washace.com with a link to reach out to your lawmakers… Read more