Don Brunell

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

The question Washington voters should ask themselves before voting on a state income tax this fall is, “Will we be better off with an income… Continue reading

Avoiding a national train wreck over the health care reform law

Portions of the new national health-reform law are just now going into effect, but the impact is already being felt. Insurers are warning of higher… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.