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Controversial labor union center shut down by legislative cuts
Controversial labor union center shut down by legislative cuts (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Controversial Labor Research Center Defunded by State Legislature

Known as the LERC, or Labor Education Research Center, it was essentially put out of business when the legislature approved the recent budget. Why?

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Still no progress on budget
Still no progress on budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Budget Shutdown Could Have Ripple Effect Across State

If legislators fail to reach a budget agreement and it's not signed before 12:01 am July 1st, there could be repercussions beyond the estimated 26,000 state workers who would be furloughed.

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Worksource Tri Cities
Worksource Tri Cities (Worksource)
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Benton, Franklin Counties Unemployment Rates Rise Slightly

Benton, Franklin Counties saw a slight increase in their unemployment rates from April to May.  We're two of 20 counties with rates that fall between 6 and 8 percent.

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Unemployment rate drops just below national average
Unemployment rate drops just below national average (Newstalk 870 file image-getty images)
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Washington State Unemployment Rate Dips Below National Average

For the first time since May of 2014, the Washington state unemployment rate dropped just below the national average.

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Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March
Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March (Getty images)
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Benton, Franklin County March Unemployement Sees Little Change

New numbers released by Washington state show our region fairly stable when it comes to jobs, but not among the lowest in state.

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$15 minimum wage protestors arrested in Seattle
$15 minimum wage protestors arrested in Seattle (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
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21 Seattle Protestors Arrested at $15 Minimum Wage Rally

In sharp contrast to the paltry showing outside the McDonalds on Court St. in Pasco (six people),  nearly two-dozen protestors were arrested for disorderly conduct in Seattle Wednesday.

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Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage
Despite rallies and protests, state Senate shoots down $15 minimum wage (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Statewide $15 Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in Senate – Won’t Vote on House Bill

Once again, the last line of defense in the State Senate has business owners - especially small ones - breathing a sigh of relief. At least ones OUTSIDE of Seattle.

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Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
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You’ll Never Guess the Highest Paid State Employees!

The governor isn't even in the top 10 of highest-paid Washington state employees. You may be surprised by who did make the top 10. For departments with the largest payrolls, No. 1 is not surprising once you read the top 10 people, but No. 2 was a huge surprise. It makes sense, but never in a million years would I have guessed that!

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Tri city regional chamber
Tri city regional chamber (Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce)
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Tri-City Regional Chamber Plans FREE Government Contracting Workshop April 7

It's time for the next in a quarterly series of free workshops offered to area business owners, designed to help them learn how to more effectively land contracts that can greatly help expand their businesses.

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Unemployment rates not really dropping
Unemployment rates not really dropping (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA
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Unemployment Rate Drops — But It’s From People Leaving Workforce, Not New Jobs

The federal government is not presenting the honest story about job numbers, says Americans for Limited Government (ALG), one of the larger conservative political action groups in the country.

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