Don Brunell

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Italy’s anti-competitive policies lead to economic ruin | Don Brunell

For much of the world, Italy is synonymous with “la dolce vita,” the sweet life, full of pleasure and indulgence. But that life comes at a price, and the bill has come due.

  • Apr 30th, 2012 6:31am

Killing King Coal | Don Brunell

Recently, the EPA proposed new air quality regulations for power plants that activists say will finally kill King Coal.

  • Apr 24th, 2012 7:52pm

Committee-deciders couldn’t thread the Needle with their tangled bureaucracy | Brunell’s Business View

No project can garner 100 percent support — there will always be proponents and opponents. Even the world’s fair had its detractors. But in the end, the 1962 World’s Fair was a huge success and put Seattle on the map. The 1974 Spokane World’s Fair did the same and revitalized that city’s downtown. Both happened because visionaries like Eddie Carlson and Joe Gandy in Seattle and Luke Williams in Spokane weathered the storm and refused to give up.

  • Apr 9th, 2012 11:08pm

Red tape is a tourniquet on entrepreneurial lifeblood | Brunell’s Business View

Greece is Europe's poster child for debt, with experts predicting default even after massive bailouts. Knowing that, wouldn't you think the government would welcome entrepreneurs like Fotis I. Antonopoulos and reduce its cumbersome regulations to help small start-up businesses?

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 7:55pm

State health insurance is too important to snooze through | Brunell’s Business View

When you talk about state health insurance exchanges, eyes tend to glaze over. (See, it’s happening right now.) The subject seems far too complicated and confusing.

  • Mar 16th, 2012 8:59pm

Export-Import Bank fuels trade and job growth | Brunell’s Business View

It started in 1935 with a $3.8 million loan to Cuba for the purchase of U.S. silver ingots. That loan, backed by the U.S. government, was the beginning of the Export-Import Bank. Today, the bank helps finance export sales by thousands of U.S. manufacturers.

  • Mar 15th, 2012 6:50pm

An Example for Us All | Don Brunell

Adversity often brings out the best in people. We find ways to pitch in and solve problems that government can’t.

  • Mar 4th, 2012 4:45am

An Example for Us All | Don Brunell

Adversity often brings out the best in people. We find ways to pitch in and solve problems that government can’t.

  • Mar 4th, 2012 4:39am

Cutting through Washington’s tax maze | Don Brunell’s Business View

"Keep it simple." This old saying is more than a bumper sticker slogan, it's a principle that is especially important when it comes to taxes and regulations. Washington employers have been working for decades to simplify our state's tax and regulatory policies. Currently, employers must work their way through a maze of complex, overlapping and often contradictory regulations and tax rules that differ from one city to the next, one county to the next.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 11:29pm

It’s the economy, stupid: Why Washington state can’t forget the mistakes of ’93 | BUSINESS VIEW

In 1992, Bill Clinton's campaign slogan was, "It's the economy, stupid." In 1993, Washington employers modified the slogan to, "It's the economy, don't kill it," and emblazoned it across a huge banner draped from AWB's building near the state's capitol campus, where it could be seen by elected officials driving by.

  • Jan 9th, 2012 11:54pm

BUSINESS VIEW: Union negotiations can’t remain ‘business as usual’

The confrontation between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and state employees has focused…

  • Mar 15th, 2011 2:14am

BUSINESS VIEW: Private sector is stepping up for tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in these tough economic times, as “business as usual” no longer works.

  • Feb 21st, 2011 9:37pm

BUSINESS VIEW: Paychecks beat unemployment checks

The hardest thing an employer has to do is to call someone into the office and tell them the business isn’t making enough money to keep them on.

  • Jan 24th, 2011 11:29pm

BUSINESS VIEW: California is bleeding manufacturing jobs; could Washington be next?

State lawmakers convening in Olympia are looking under every pebble for new money.

  • Jan 10th, 2011 9:08pm

BUSINESS VIEW: Global competition is the new certainty

Remember the old saying – the only things certain in life are death and taxes?

  • Jan 3rd, 2011 10:20pm

BUSINESS VIEW: With state and federal deficits rising, voters have said ‘enough is enough’

Both Washingtons are in a financial bind. In our nation’s capital, President Obama and Congress are running trillion-dollar budget deficits and our national debt will soon exceed $14 trillion.

  • Dec 13th, 2010 8:17pm

BUSINESS VIEW: Rise in electric car sales will be a shock to the country’s electrical grid

Electric cars are the new wave in automobile technology.

  • Dec 6th, 2010 9:20pm

BUSINESS VIEW: Washington state must reform its worker’s compensation system

Even though voters rejected Initiative 1082, which would have allowed private insurers to write workers’ compensation insurance in our state, the need to reform the system has become even greater.

  • Nov 29th, 2010 7:21pm

The Spirit of Thanksgiving is really about neighbors helping neighbors

For too many Americans, the last three Thanksgivings have been pretty lean. Our nation is suffering from the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression.

  • Nov 20th, 2010 4:51am

Return of the sockeye, the legacy of Lonesome Larry

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles…

  • Nov 16th, 2010 12:26am

BRUNELL: A state income tax would amount to economic suicide for Washington

The question Washington voters should ask themselves before voting on a state…

  • Oct 25th, 2010 9:50pm

Avoiding a national train wreck over the health care reform law

Portions of the new national health-reform law are just now going into…

  • Oct 11th, 2010 8:52pm

BRUNELL: Those hidden taxes are killing us

President Obama and congressional candidates are tripping over themselves trying to convince voters that they will have a tax plan to soak the rich, help the middle class and jump-start small business.

  • Sep 27th, 2010 10:05pm

BRUNELL: Perhaps America should take its cues from Cuba and cut the government

In the classic children’s story “Alice in Wonderland,” a little girl falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a strange world where everything is upside down, where all the rules have changed and peculiar people do inexplicable things.

  • Sep 20th, 2010 10:32pm

BRUNELL: Washington state students would benefit from charter school legislation

In the competition for $3.4 billion in education grants under President Obama’s Race to the Top, Washington is near the bottom.

  • Sep 6th, 2010 5:29pm

BRUNELL: The forgotten tax that haunts businesses

With all the focus on eliminating the Bush tax cuts and spurring the economy, President Obama and Congressional Democrats are tripping over themselves touting their small business tax breaks this election season.

  • Aug 30th, 2010 8:20pm

BRUNELL: Jobless benefits a vicious cycle of taxes for employers preventing new hires

Finding a job is the best substitute for an unemployment check, but as more and more Americans exhaust their jobless benefits, employment opportunities remain sparse.

  • Aug 24th, 2010 1:43am

BRUNELL: New ‘Taj Mahal’ at the state capital raises questions about priorities

I suppose we should give the state credit for trying to economize by consolidating its computer systems in one place, but the new Department of Information Services building at the state capitol is raising a lot of questions.

  • Aug 9th, 2010 10:32pm

California wildfires are the result of EPA policy to ‘let nature take its course’ | Don Brunell

Once again, dozens of wildfires are raging across California, reducing entire forests to cinders and displacing thousands of families.

  • Aug 3rd, 2010 11:21pm

DON BRUNELL: Never forget that free enterprise is what keeps America ticking

Just before my father died, I asked him why he kept repeating stories about his childhood and his life. He said, “So you will remember them when I am gone.”

  • Jul 26th, 2010 8:41pm

Lengthy legislation hides what’s actually in it | Don Brunell

During the next few years, your trusty incandescent light bulbs will become illegal. Didn’t know that?

  • Jul 20th, 2010 7:17pm

The danger in selling America’s debt to China is the future

China is in the midst of a global strategy to move its products to market and obtain the natural resources it needs to fuel its red-hot economy.

  • Jun 14th, 2010 8:56pm

DON BRUNELL: To get a glimpse of future federal health care, look at Massachusetts

If you want a glimpse of what health care will look like under Obamacare, look at what is going on in Massachusetts.

  • Jun 4th, 2010 5:11pm

Public employee pensions a ticking time bomb for Washington state | Don Brunell

Most people know our $13 trillion national debt is endangering America’s credit rating and pushing the United States closer to bankruptcy

  • Jun 2nd, 2010 4:36pm

DON BRUNELL: I-1082 is a relief valve for employers

Frustrated by rising workers’ compensation premiums and a political stalemate in Olympia, the people who provide the jobs in our state want change.

  • May 24th, 2010 9:46pm

DON BRUNELL: Income tax would hurt Washington entrepreneurs

Each year, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) publishes a list of the best to worst state tax systems for entrepreneurship and small business.

  • May 17th, 2010 11:10pm

BRUNELL: House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler’s civility will be missed in state capitol

Longtime Washington lawmaker Sid Snyder had a sense of humor, dignity and respect that permeated the halls of the state capitol for nearly a half century.

  • Apr 19th, 2010 11:00pm

BRUNELL: Hydropower is key to Washington’s economic future and well being

Ever since the generators at the Grand Coulee Dam started spinning in 1942, low-cost hydropower has been the key to our economic strength and way of life.

  • Apr 12th, 2010 10:22pm

BRUNELL: The two Washingtons and the disconnect

Business owners across our state don’t understand why elected officials are raising taxes and adding costs when employers are struggling to keep stores open, factories running and people working.

  • Mar 22nd, 2010 9:54pm

BRUNELL: State must deal with threat from Idaho

When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter published his “Love Letter to Our Neighbors,” he touched off a political firestorm asserting his state is better for business.

  • Mar 15th, 2010 10:16pm

‘Start over’ is not code for stonewalling health-care reform

President Obama and Democrats in Congress say that starting over on health-care reform is akin to stonewalling.

  • Mar 8th, 2010 11:21pm

BRUNELL: Making money is a good thing

These days, it seems like profit has become a dirty word.

  • Mar 1st, 2010 9:52pm

BRUNELL: Connect the dots, then do the math

Too often, elected officials forget to connect the dots and do the math.

  • Feb 22nd, 2010 11:21pm

BRUNELL: Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul

My dad lived by the axiom, “You don’t rob Peter to pay Paul!” For our family, that meant mom couldn’t raid our piggy banks to buy something the family budget didn’t cover.

  • Feb 15th, 2010 11:56pm

BRUNELL: Unemployement tax creates a Catch-22

It is the ultimate no-win situation. A Catch-22.

  • Feb 9th, 2010 12:05am

BRUNELL: Special interests prevent budget cuts

In good times, our elected leaders can walk the high wire between spending and taxes, spreading money around like gobs of peanut butter on a slice of toast.

  • Feb 1st, 2010 10:34pm

DON BRUNELL: Big ideas need some time to simmer

Big ideas are not microwavable snacks, instantly ready for American taxpayers to swallow.

  • Jan 25th, 2010 11:06pm

DON BRUNELL: America still leads the way in caring

Our country may be struggling to compete economically with China, India and…

  • Jan 21st, 2010 12:35am

DON BRUNELL: Private sector is the key to prosperity

Lawmakers gathered in Olympia for the 2010 legislative session can either set our state up for long-term prosperity or put off the tough budget decisions until 2011 when it will be even more difficult to solve our financial problems.

  • Jan 11th, 2010 10:50pm

DON BRUNELL: Lawmakers aim at petroleum industry

Some state lawmakers plan to hit petroleum producers with more than $1.2 billion in new costs during the next decade to pay for new water pollution programs.

  • Jan 4th, 2010 9:13pm