The cost of creating more poor people | Don Brunell

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

New federal regulations will boost the cost of gas, again | Don Brunell

Imagine that you see a swimmer floundering in the water. You call the rescue squad and then you toss the swimmer a concrete block. Does that make sense? Of course not, but that’s what’s happening in Washington, D.C.

State budgets in disarray | Don Brunell

When an errant SUV crashes through your picture window, you may not notice that your barbecue tipped over and caught your house on fire. So it is with the U.S. economy these days.

The forgotten constituency | Don C. Brunell

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” an attempt to reassure voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a staple for politicians.

  • Mar 31, 2013
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Department of Labor & Industries launches advertising campaign to help injured workers return to work

A new advertising campaign on television and the Internet is encouraging employers in Washington state to provide light-duty jobs for their employees while they recover from workplace injuries.

  • Mar 24, 2013
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Small Business Administration online cash flow management tool

The U.S. Small Business Administration has joined forces with Experian, the leading global information services provider, to launch BusinessIQ Express, an online cash flow management tool, for small disadvantaged firms in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and firms certified in SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone program.

  • Mar 24, 2013
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Honoring Booth Gardner | Don Brunell

The tributes to former Gov. Booth Gardner, who died March 15 at the age of 76, remind us of a better time. Throughout his political career, Booth was known for his respectful demeanor, good humor and dedication to consensus.

One-stop tax collection makes sense | Don C. Brunell

Regulations are like bricks. One brick doesn’t weigh that much, but as you add more bricks, the load gets heavier and heavier until eventually it becomes a crushing burden that slows progress to a crawl.

  • Mar 17, 2013
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Grassroots momentum growing for immigration reform | Don Brunell

The powers in the other Washington appear to be aligning to reform our country’s immigration laws. It has taken awhile, but it is now time to make the necessary changes.

  • Mar 10, 2013
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People helping people | Don Brunell

In November 1982, our state’s unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent, the highest since the Great Depression. Interest on a fixed rate home loan was 13.4 percent, and an 11.5 inflation rate burned through our checkbooks. The economy was a mess.

  • Mar 3, 2013
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Enter Small Business Administration and Visa’s export video contest for a chance to win $10,000

If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) want to see your story.

  • Mar 3, 2013
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Functionality and variety focus at Crossfit MV

Daily workouts are posted on a whiteboard and the open gym format allows for patrons to come and go and workout at their own pace.

Washington women’s to men’s earnings ratio among lowest nationwide | Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2011, Washington women had median weekly earnings of $743, or 74.5% of the $997 median weekly earnings of men

  • Feb 2, 2013
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A commitment to veterans | Don Brunell

In the midst of seemingly endless partisan arguments in our nation’s capital about how to reduce unemployment, Wal-Mart, America’s largest retailer, announced its own plan to deal with the problem.

Kicking the can off the cliff | Don Brunell

When I grew up, kids in neighborhoods gathered in a vacant lot or backyard to play “kick the can.” It was a combination of hide-n-seek, tag and capture the flag — and it was fun.

  • Jan 12, 2013
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Small change will cost billions – Obamacare | Don Brunell

We’re seeing a lot of news stories these days about the projected costs of the new federal health care law known as Obamacare. Employers of all sizes, from small companies to warehouse stores and restaurant chains, are warning that compliance costs will force layoffs and price hikes.

Small Business Administration seeks applications from investment fund managers

The U.S. Small Business Administration is inviting experienced early stage investment fund managers to apply for licensing as Early Stage Innovation Funds as part of SBA’s Small Business Investment Company capital investment program.

  • Dec 25, 2012
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Unemployment rate in state falls in November

Washington’s estimated unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 7.8 percent in November, landing below 8 percent for the first time since January 2009, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

  • Dec 23, 2012
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Racing legend Mario Andretti helps open new business in Covington

Mario Andretti, a racing legend whose resume includes wins in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 as well as the Indianapolis 500 among many others, helped open the new Firestone in Covington Dec. 14 and broke the ceremonial scissors in the process.

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Farelli’s brings pizza and brews to Maple Valley

At Farrelli’s, it’s a self-serve kind of place when it comes to the tap.