Recapping the WBA 2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast

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Presenters for our annual Economic Forecast Breakfast delivered an in depth outlook on 2018 local and national economy.  The economy is strong was the take away but new policy will be greatly affecting business.  Washington Policy Center President, Dann Mead Smith and Center for Economic & Business Research Director, Hart Hodges presented to a influential crowd of over 250 business leaders across industries.

Dann Mead Smith Presentation notes teaser:

The Big Issues Facing Washington Business

  • Affordable health care options and predictability
  • Affordable health care options and predictability
  • New HIT tax effective 2018, $500 premium increase for small business health insurance
  • State-run workers’ compensation system
  • Unfair Business & Occupation tax
  • Highest state minimum wage in the nation
  • Restrictive regulations
  • Permitting
  • Environment
  • Labor (paid sick leave, paid family & medical leave, etc.)
For the complete slide presentation notes, click below:

Dann Mead Smith 2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast Presentation

Hart Hodges Presentation notes teaser:

BELLINGHAM:

  • Employment growth has been roughly 2% per year for the last few years; no reason to expect significant change
  • Population growth has been a little over 1% per year lately; also no reason to expect significant change

 

For the complete slide presentation slides and notes, click below:

Hart Hodges 2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast Presentation

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