Articles written by Mark Harmsworth

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Road tolls won't solve woes

The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way... — Updated 10/26/2023

 

State audit still not followed

The Washington State Auditor has completed a performance audit of the Employment Security Department and has found the agency still has not corrected its systemic performance and... — Updated 1/5/2023

 

State should simplify regulations

Former state senator and current state Director of Commerce Lisa Brown rightly describes the difficulties a small business startup faces in Washington. Brown says the state... — Updated 12/15/2022

 

Benefit eligibility could effect residents

Due to the federal government changing the unemployment benefit eligibility rules mid-pandemic, some Washington residents, who have been receiving unemployment benefits, will now... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

L&I's virus passport rules overreach

New COVID workplace restrictions, issued by Washington State Labor and Industries (L&I) late last Friday, May 21st, require employers to check employee vaccine documents before... — Updated 5/27/2021

 

Negative impact of high minimum wage

Washington has one of the highest minimum wage levels in the U.S. For workers who have a job this sounds like a great deal, but as with all things the government mandates, there... — Updated 11/19/2020

 

Governor's office knew unemployment would run out

Records obtained through the public records request process show that officials in the Governor’s office knew on May 1st that the Employment Trust Fund balance would be... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

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