2017 Small Business Report

Washington’s economy is supported by small businesses, and it was small business that pulled the state through difficult economic times. According to the Brookings Institution, the nation’s small business sector is one of the great strengths of the U.S. economy, historically accounting for 64 percent of net new jobs. New and young small businesses have generated 40 million jobs in the past 25 years, representing 20 percent of gross job creation.

2012 Health Care Report

Washington state’s health care system is one of the best in the country. Our network includes award winning hospitals, cutting-edge research institutions that provide the latest in technology and patient care procedures, state-of-the-art foundation analysis of health care quality and an excellent postsecondary system that delivers a professional and skilled workforce.

2008 Manufacturing Tax Study Report

One policy that has had tremendous impact on Washington’s economy is the exemption from sales and use taxes on manufacturing machinery and equipment. This tax incentive, created by the Legislature in 1995, was designed to serve as a stimulus for investment in our state’s manufacturing industry and related businesses.
The good news is this exemption has significantly outperformed these expectations.