washington business climate http://www.kplu.org en Business travel on the rise http://www.kplu.org/post/business-travel-rise <p>The travel industry usually experiences a bump in leisure travel from June through August. What better time to see the world &ndash; or grandma &ndash; than when little Susy is out of school? But this year the domino effect of rising fuel prices leading to rising airline ticket prices means families are staying put. Luckily for Seattle&rsquo;s hotel industry, summer business travelers are taking their place. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:44:23 +0000 Vanessa Romo 1875 at http://www.kplu.org Business travel on the rise One year later: Did Idaho's "love letter" attract Washington and Oregon businesses? http://www.kplu.org/post/one-year-later-did-idahos-love-letter-attract-washington-and-oregon-businesses <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951050.mp3</p><p>Valentine's Day is just around the corner. So we thought it was a good time to update a story from nearly a year ago. Last March, Idaho Governor Butch Otter penned a "love letter" to Washington and Oregon businesses. He was trying to romance companies into moving to his state.</p><p><strong> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 21:23:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 739 at http://www.kplu.org One year later: Did Idaho's "love letter" attract Washington and Oregon businesses? Unemployment Taxes Going Up Again http://www.kplu.org/post/unemployment-taxes-going-again <p>Washington's <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/">Employment Security Department</a> is sending out 2011's tax-rate notices this week to more than 170,000 businesses.</p><p>The agency <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/releases/archives/2010/index.php">says</a> next year's average rate will increase by nearly a full percentage point. &nbsp;Most employers' rates are going up for the second year in a row.&nbsp; It's the highest average rate in more than two decades.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 02:11:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 318 at http://www.kplu.org I-1082 Would Allow Private Insurers for Workers Comp http://www.kplu.org/post/i-1082-would-allow-private-insurers-workers-comp <p>Washington is one of only four states in the nation that offers workers compensation insurance only through a government agency.&nbsp;&nbsp; That could change this November.&nbsp; Initiative 1082 would allow private insurers to enter the market.&nbsp;&nbsp; Backers of the measure say the competition would force rates down on a tax that&#39;s been going up steadily in recent years.&nbsp;&nbsp; Opponents say it&#39;s a power grab by the insurance industry that could leave injured workers in a lurch.&nbsp;&nbsp; KPLU business and labor reporter Bellamy Pailthorp has the story.</p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 00:24:35 +0000 64 at http://www.kplu.org I-1082 Would Allow Private Insurers for Workers Comp