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Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband 'Economic Challenge of Our Time':


During a tour of the eastern part of the state, the governor addressed the importance of connecting rural and underserved communities to high-speed Internet service. by William L. Spence, Lewiston ...


State of Washington businesses beware: misleading letter calls for annual registration renewals:


Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill related to business registration ...


Now will you come to Tacoma? New tax credit takes aim at Seattle's new head tax:


Bruce Kendall said Monday his phone at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has been ringing steadily since last week's vote by the Seattle City Council to tax big businesses $275 ...


Washington Rural Broadband Bill Becomes Law:


The newly signed legislation grants telecommunications authority to port districts, a move officials hope will widen the reach of Internet in rural parts of the state. Richard Byrd, Columbia Basin ...


What's wrong with Seattle's startup scene? Despite top talent, a lack of venture capital stunts growth:


After nine years of building a robust cloud services business with thousands of customers, Geeman Yip was ready to raise venture capital. But when the BitTitan founder began knocking on doors in Seattle, ...


Washington State Passes Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law:




Washington State University's 'Drive to 25' campaign puts the focus on research:


Twenty-eight years ago, Washington State University paid $2.8 million for vacant land on the eastern edge of downtown Spokane. That land has since become WSU's health sciences campus and a key piece ...


The Urban-Rural Divide in Washington State:


The state's urban-rural divide shows up in a microcosm within Puget Sound itself. Visiting Stap at his farm was a chance to learn what farmers in this fertile chunk of the region are worried about, and ...


Infrastructure improvements help lure new business to Spokane Valley:


Spokane Valley city officials have long targetted the 800-acre northeastern industrial area near Barker Road and Euclid Avenue for economic development, but it lacked the necessary infrastructure. Now, ...


Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won't for the nation, Inslee says:


"There are some things worth fighting for," Inslee said. "This is a free-speech issue as well as a business development issue." Washington will enforce its own version of net neutrality if the Federal ...


Hey, women in business: This conference will help you replace stress with strength:


It seems obvious now -- amid the culture shift fueled by the #MeToo movement -- to have a conference focused on women's empowerment. In fact, the idea came to Katrina Elkins in August. Elkins is ...


Biotech hub looking to bring high-paying careers to Tacoma:




What would it take for Tacoma to become a hub for high-paying tech jobs?:


Amazon has raised the hopes of just about every city in the country, including Tacoma, when it said it's looking for a suitable site for a second headquarters. Don't break out the champagne and balloons, ...


Wood products to bring 150 jobs to Spokane Valley:


A new factory planned for Spokane Valley is part of a California company's efforts to streamline the U.S. building industry, making construction faster and cheaper. By Becky Kramer beckyk@spokesman.com (509) ...


Sustainable Seattle: It's not just a buzzword but a reality :




EWU and Microsoft join forces on new data analytics degree program:


Eastern Washington University is partnering with Microsoft on a new data analytics degree designed to prepare students to enter a fast-growing field. The university's College of Business and Public ...


Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives in Spokane?:


In a sense, some homegrown Spokane businesses are like some of the community's children. They start out small, grow a bit, experience successes and grow some more. And then some move away. For ...


WeWork developing co-living space in Seattle with Martin Selig :


WeWork has signed a deal with Martin Selig Real Estate to build a 36-floor development in Belltown. Twenty-three of those floors will be used for WeLive, its communal housing business, and most of the ...


Investors pump $20M into Seattle startup Textio, which helps job recruiters find the right words :




Fox Business show slams Seattle as 'socialist hellhole' :


"Good job, commies!" Montgomery said. In the opening of her Fox Business show "Kennedy," Lisa Kennedy Montgomery called the Seattle City Council "commies" and "do-gooder authoritarians," and called ...


As lawmakers in Washington state crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown:


There are few conversations that the denizens of the Capitol Campus have these days with the outside world that don't include an inquiry along the lines of "Are they done yet?" The "they" being the ...


State of Washington sued over community colleges' troubled software system:


The company that has filed for bankruptcy in the middle of a troubled project to install a new computer software system for Washington's community colleges is suing the state, claiming it is owed some ...


Plan Washington - Unlock Potential :


Do you believe in business leadership, bipartisan problem-solving, and data-driven public policy? PLAN Washington is a collaborative strategic plan aimed at achieving transformative change ...


Thousands call for lawmakers to spend more on schools:


As part of the latest push to get more state money for public schools, thousands of sign-waving parents, students and school employees jammed the steps of the Capitol Monday morning then streamed into ...


Startup funding ends 2016 on a high note in Washington state - VC funding leaped:


After a rocky start to the year, Washington state startups ended 2016 strong and with a lot of fresh cash in their pockets. Companies raised $290 million in 38 deals during the fourth quarter ...


Washington state proposal seeks expansion of wine refill law:


Two years ago, the Washington state Legislature began allowing wine lovers to fill reusable containers -- known as growlers -- at their favorite wineries. Now, a new measure would allow refills at ...
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Taxing the rich: A solution to the state of Washington's budget mess?:


If only Washington had taxable brothels and gambling. Or oil reserves. Or hordes of flip-flopped tourists descending on our rocky beaches, dollar bills falling out of their pockets. by Tom James Full ...


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to raise taxes and funnel nearly $4 billion more into schools over the next two years:


Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state to pay almost $4 billion more for public schools in the next two years and would raise some taxes to pay for it. Most state residents, however, would see a drop in their ...


In new case, WTO rules against Washington state's tax breaks for Boeing 777X plants :


The WTO ruled Monday that the business-tax reduction granted by Washington state to Boeing in 2013 for the forthcoming 777X jet is a prohibited subsidy. Experts on both sides say the reality on the ground ...


Dashboard Helps Washington Track State Agencies' Open Data Progress:


In the ongoing quest to bring residents and municipalities the open data they want and need, Washington state is simultaneously assessing its own progress toward that goal with a new online dashboard ...

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