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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…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


Area incomes rose dramatically, but for some more than others

The pandemic threw the greater Tri-Cities a series of curve balls. Consider known deaths in 2020 due to Covid-19: 217 residents. As Benton-Franklin Trends data shows, this amounted to 9.4%…


Choose the right vehicle to drive college savings planning

If you have watched the news lately, you may have noticed that saving and paying for college tuition is a stressful part of the American experience. Since the jury is…


Business leaders must be change-agents

Using a beach analogy, when it comes to change that you aren’t leading, are you more like: Putting your toe in the water and scurrying away if it’s uncomfortable? Wading…


Historic victory brings drug price relief to state’s seniors

Here in Washington and across the country, millions of seniors will get relief from a new law that will help reduce drug prices. After years of calling on Congress to…

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