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The U.S. Postal Service has announced it will begin charging another 2 cents for a first class stamp starting in May. The new price will be 44 cents and go into affect May 11, which is the annual price change date.

February 2009

State tax collections fall short again

Washington's General Fund for the last month fell short of the tax collection forecast set in November.

Total receipts for the month were $62.6 million, or 5.3 percent, lower than expected. That makes the running total now $200 million short since the November collection forecast. The cumulative shortfall since the November forecast is now $196.8 million, down 5.1 percent, from initial projections.

February 2009

Phone scam targeting Hispanic businesses

The Washington Attorney General is alerting Hispanic business owners about a phone scam in which Spanish-speaking callers claim to be representatives of an insurance company.

Hispanic business owners around the state have reported receiving phone calls from callers, who claim to be from "the insurance company." In some cases, the callers also provide the names of actual insurance companies and/or agents.

February 2009

State error that caused false refunds might cost businesses

Department of Labor and Industries officials say the agency has now corrected a duplicated line of computer coding that inflated the refund payments given to businesses through the state's Retrospective Rating Program.

That means businesses using the program will receive smaller refund checks beginning this month. And they might also have to pay back those refunds dating back to three years ago. The department is having state's attorney review the case, but three years is the maximum.

February 2009

Prosperity on Purpose event set for next week

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau is one of six regional groups that have partnered to hold Prosperity on Purpose, a special event designed to stimulate Pierce County's business growth and market share.

"There is no better time to mobilize the community in building prosperity together," said Tammy Blount, president/CEO of the CVB. "This event offers an exciting opportunity to be proactive in generating business in 2009. Attendees can kick-start their sales and marketing strategies, create new relationships and maximize existing ones to produce win-win business deals."

February 2009

Washington farmers want a legal workforce

The Washington Farm Bureau and other agriculture-related groups are turning up their political heat for the passage of House Bill 1896, which is scheduled for public hearing before the House Committee on Commerce and Labor tomorrow.

Despite record numbers of unemployed workers, there are still not enough legal seasonal workers available to meet the demand. But many of these available workers are not authorized to work here because of their immigrations status.

February 2009

Patriot Express loans top $250 million

In just 20 months, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative has approved more than $250 million in loan guarantees to nearly 2,900 veterans and their spouses who are using the SBA-guaranteed funds to establish and expand their small businesses.

The Puget Sound SBA office has processed 79 loans with a gross amount of $7,868,100.

More than 20 percent of the loans offered around the nation have come in the first four months of fiscal year 2009, and overall loan amounts have averaged around $88,000 per loan. Some 15 percent of the loans have gone to military spouses.

February 2009

COFFEE BREAK: Stimulus responses

The Business Examiner asked readers of the BE Daily on Wednesday to voice their thoughts on the various stimulus packages that have already passed or are currently under discussion. Will they work? Are they wastes of taxpayer dollars? Are they too little, too much? Here are some of those responses:

February 2009

Job losses in building underlines need for action

The latest report on job losses in construction-related industries underscores the urgency of passing a job-boosting economic stimulus package focused on infrastructure, said Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America.

February 2009

DNR seeks new settlement terms with Taylor

The new Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has announced that he will not renew a lease with Taylor Shellfish with terms that were negotiated by the previous commissioner, Doug Sutherland. The terms had been set in a settlement addressing the company's use of aquatic lands in Shelton's Totten Inlet for its geoduck operations.

February 2009
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