States spend billions of dollars every year on tax breaks for businesses. A growing number of states require companies to disclose certain information on the tax breaks they have received. Disclosure allows states to evaluate the costs and benefits of tax breaks. States can monitor tax breaks by looking at job creation levels, job retention, wage bands, and benefits. With disclosure legislation in place, Washington legislators and private residents will have the information needed to change those tax breaks that are not working as intended and support those that are.
In 1994, Washington State enacted the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax credit for Research and Development (R&D) and the sales tax deferral for R&D to, among other reasons, stimulate the economy and increase competitiveness in high technology. After nine years and extensive review by the Department of Revenue, it is clear that these tax incentives have not accomplished what they were set up to do.
Low wages and insufficient training for airport security workers put travelers at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport at risk, but better working conditions and benefits will ensure airport workers can do their jobs effectively.
The 2001 Job Gap Study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures. Based on this “living wage,” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openings that provide a sufficient wage to support and individual or a family’s basic needs without relying on public assistance.
Businesses in Washington State receive public money in the form of corporate subsidy programs, but their practices are often ignored. This report makes the case for demonstrating accountability in Washington’s corporate subsidy programs.
Idaho discriminates against agricultural workers from being eligible for the state’s minimum wage, resulting in poverty wages. This report calls on state legislature to ensure farmworkers get paid.
Idaho farmworkers have no protection under the minimum wage law and are being cheated out of wages by farm labor contractors. This report explains the need for equal protection under the state’s minimum wage law and how to ensure farmworkers receive their earned wages.
Many working families in Washington live below the poverty level. This report discusses why Washington should seek living wages.
Economic development in Jackson County, OR in the 1990’s has not created viable jobs for many residents. However, rethinking economic development could make a positive difference.
- Northwest Job Gap Study
- Idaho Job Gap Study
- Montana Job Gap Study
- Oregon Job Gap Study
- Washington Job Gap Study
The 1999 Job Gap Study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures. Based on this “living wage,” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openings that provide a sufficient wage to support and individual or a family’s basic needs without relying on public assistance.