Washington state economy http://www.kplu.org en Will Airbus build an engineering center in Washington state? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-airbus-build-engineering-center-washington-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airbus is reportedly considering expanding its presence in Washington state. Aviation analyst Scott Hamilton says, if it happens, that kind of investment here by Boeing’s </span>archrival<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;would help the state solidify its status as an aerospace </span>mecca<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:47:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 9121 at http://www.kplu.org Will Airbus build an engineering center in Washington state? Inslee readying transition team http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-readying-transition-team <p>Democrat Jay Inslee is still ahead in the race for Washington governor. The tally now stands at<a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/07/v-printerfriendly/2358868/inslee-confident-his-wash-vote.html"> 51% for the former Congressman. </a></p><p>Inslee says he’s waiting for a call from his opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, before he’ll declare victory. But, that didn’t stop him from holding a press conference Wednesday to talk about his transition team.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 03:06:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7054 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee readying transition team Washington gains 10,200 jobs in June http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-gains-10200-jobs-june <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) &mdash; Washington state saw continued job growth last month, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:31:23 +0000 The Associated Press 5629 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire proposes $2 billion in cuts; new taxes still on the table http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-proposes-2-billion-cuts-new-taxes-still-table <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says it&rsquo;s time to look for new sources of funding for the state budget. That&rsquo;s a major shift from her position a year ago. The Democrat&rsquo;s comments today came after she proposed another $2 billion in cuts.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:58:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3016 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire proposes $2 billion in cuts; new taxes still on the table Revenue drop raises talk of special session, tax measures http://www.kplu.org/post/revenue-drop-raises-talk-special-session-tax-measures <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The words &ldquo;special session&rdquo; and even &ldquo;taxes&rdquo; are on the lips of some Washington state lawmakers after the latest revenue forecast.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:32:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2639 at http://www.kplu.org Floyd tells WSU 'We're not out of this fiscal crisis yet' http://www.kplu.org/post/floyd-tells-wsu-were-not-out-fiscal-crisis-yet <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984111.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984111.mp3</a></p><p>Washington State University President Elson Floyd says the university will get out of the current fiscal crisis, but it is not there yet.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:23:03 +0000 Glenn Mosley 2477 at http://www.kplu.org Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? http://www.kplu.org/post/fear-%E2%80%98american-malaise%E2%80%99-eating-washington-voters <p>The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken &ldquo;nose dive&rdquo; to an all-time low.</p><p>Voters surveyed in <a href="http://www.elwayresearch.com/elwaypoll.html">The Elway Poll</a> &ndash; an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion &ndash; were less likely to think things were &ldquo;getting better&rdquo; than at any time since the survey began in 1991.</p><p>The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a &ldquo;malaise&rdquo; or &ldquo;a new normal&rdquo; of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/business/worldbusiness/22japan.html">like the one Japan suffered</a> for more than a decade.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:38:05 +0000 Jake Ellison 2450 at http://www.kplu.org Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? Washington jobless who exhausted benefits still lack work http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-jobless-who-exhausted-benefits-still-lack-work <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Thousands of Washington workers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits still do not have jobs.</p><div><p>An Employment Security Department report released Thursday shows that 75 percent of people who have run out of benefits since November 2009 are still out of work.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:19:58 +0000 The Associated Press 2199 at http://www.kplu.org Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016 http://www.kplu.org/post/go-north-bc-reports-more-jobs-workers-2016 <p>With Washington&rsquo;s unemployment hovering at 9.2 percent and the economy sputtering along, new figures released yesterday in British Columbia makes one wonder if going north might not be the next big emigration story.</p><p>A new provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:57:55 +0000 Jake Ellison 2148 at http://www.kplu.org Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016