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BeauRuffNEW

Learning a little Latin pays off when it comes to designating beneficiaries

Periodically checking and updating beneficiary designations on retirement accounts and life insurance is prudent. The next time you navigate the online portal or the old school paper form to write…

KrisJohnson

AWB hit the road. Here are some
of the manufacturers who inspire us

Some of the most amazing companies in the world are hiding in plain sight, right here in Washington. They’re located inside industrial buildings and office parks that we drive by…

DonBrunell

America’s real recovery hinges on people returning to work sites

To “build back America” key workers must return to job sites. It is not good enough for President Joe Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when…

MarcSpinner

Wondering how to invest in bonds? Here’s a primer

In 2019, CISI Capital Markets and Corporate Finance estimated the U.S. equity markets had a value of $30 trillion and the U.S. bond markets had a value of $40 trillion.…

BeauRuffNEW

New Washington Nonprofit Act aims to modernize procedures

Different business entities, like corporations and limited liability companies, are governed by default laws published by state legislatures. Nonprofits in Washington are similarly governed by specific statutory requirements that govern…

PatrickJones

Participation in local labor force has declined but has now stabilized

What’s at stake over a once obscure economic measure – the labor force participation rate? The quick answer: A lot for the current and future economy of the greater Tri-Cities.…

KrisJohnson

State needs ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to energy future

For decades, Washington has reaped the benefits of forward-thinking leaders who constructed a series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The low-cost, carbon-free renewable electricity generated by…

DonBrunell

Methane from landfills could be an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity. That…

AngieFurubotten

Will my taxes go up or down in retirement?

Will my taxes go up or down in retirement? Sneaky sneaky, asking such a loaded question, when everyone knows the answer is, “it depends.” But it’s a very interesting question…

BeauRuffNEW

Steps to take to avoid paying the death tax

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Taxes come in a wide variety of flavors – income taxes,…

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