John Stang

John Stang

John Stang is a longtime Pacific Northwest reporter. He is a jack-of-all-trades freelancer with expertise in a variety of topics, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, state government, the environment, science and crime.

Increasing B&O taxes on this year’s legislative agenda

No one in Olympia appears to like the business-and-occupation tax — the state tax on gross receipts. But other than adding exemptions, Washington’s Legislature has been reluctant to do anything about B&O taxes. Each session, changes get proposed. Each session, those proposals die. “A silver bullet is not there because it is such a complex […]

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Chamber opposes ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to family leave legislation

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce opposes a “one-size-fits-all” approach on family leave legislation in Olympia. So far, the chamber has not taken an official position on the two plans that have begun their journey through the Legislature, waiting for more to unfold first, said Austin Neilson, the chamber’s government affairs director.  “We’re definitely keeping […]

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Tri-City Regional and West Richland chamber officials celebrate the opening of Green2Go in Finley with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

State Legislature may tackle topics affecting Tri-City region

Retail pot, small modular reactors, funding for college projects among items of local interest Local governments in Benton and Franklin counties could find their bans and moratoriums on selling retail marijuana revoked in 2017. There’s also a chance that building small modular reactors in the Tri-Cities could get another chance in the Washington Legislature. Budget […]

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Business community wary of minimum wage increase

Business community wary of minimum wage increase

What will the passage of Initiative 1433 — raising the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by 2020 — mean to small businesses in the Tri-Cities? To Don Karger, owner of Henry’s Restaurant & Catering in West Richland and his eight employees, it could translate to an $11,000 drop in his personal income. With the passage […]

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Tri-City veterans fare better than most in job hunt

Veterans are finding an easier time finding work in the Columbia Basin. The statewide jobless rate for veterans is 3.8 percent, while the state jobless figure is 6.9 percent. In 2015, the veterans’ jobless rate for Richland and Kennewick was 3 percent, according to the U.S. Census. “It is lower than the unemployment for the […]

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Inslee signs bill creating Economic Gardening program statewide

By John Stang for TCAJOB For years, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, has tried to get legislation passed to help established mid-sized businesses grow. She believes growing existing mid-sized businesses is a better way to create jobs than providing tax exemptions to lure new businesses — something she views as a hit-and-miss gamble when it comes […]

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Legislators look to end municipal marijuana bans, moratoriums

By John Stang for TCAJOB Benton and Franklin counties could find their bans and moratoriums on selling retail marijuana revoked in 2017. Just before the end of the 2016 legislative session, Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, and Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill to require counties and cities to lift their bans and moratoriums […]

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