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San Francisco hit hard by $15 minimum wage
San Francisco hit hard by $15 minimum wage (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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What Will $15 Minimum Wage Do to Businesses? See What’s Happening in San Francisco

We've already seen the first  fallout from Seattle's new $15 minimum wage, the major relocation by a well-known Northwest outdoor manufacturer. WA officials should heed the warnings from California.

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Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno
Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Claims First Business Victim – More Expected to Follow

It was inevitable, especially if you consider economic principles. There are more who will follow.

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Washington Healthcare Exchange
Washington Healthcare Exchange (Washingtonhealthplanfinder.org)
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Taxpayers On Hook After Washington Healthcare Exchange Misses Enrollment Goals

If this were a private company, the CEO by now would probably have been fired, significant restructuring would have been done to save money, or the company would have tried re-organizational bankruptcy.

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Washington state computers virtually obsolete
Washington state computers virtually obsolete (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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HOW OLD Are Washington State Government Computers? You Won’t Believe It

This digital software issue is resurfacing because a new IT bill has been introduced in the legislature, and it pinpoints an almost laughable problem with the government's IT programs.

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State Department of Ecology looking at low carbon fuel standard
State Department of Ecology looking at low carbon fuel standard (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
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State Officials Seek Comments on Controversial Proposed Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking comments and input on Gov. Inslee's controversial plan to implement a low-carbon fuel standard in Washington state.

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Bill would ban use of computerized ticket purchase systems
Bill would ban use of computerized ticket purchase systems (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Proposed Legislation Would Ban Ticket “Bots” In WA, Making Buying Easier – Affordable

You probably didn't know if you've purchased tickets for any event via the Internet over the last year or two, you might have been dealing with a "robot."

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Powerball Jackpot Through the Roof in Washington State

$208 million will be in the hands of a lucky person in Washington. The drawing will take place on Wednesday January 21st at 8 PM PST. In celebration of the Seahawks' big win on Sunday, Washington Lottery has been brainstorming some related ways that you could spend that money if you win...

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Proposed WA laws would better protect consumers from hackers
Proposed WA laws would better protect consumers from hackers (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
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New Bill Would Protect Washington Consumers Over Identity Theft

The Washington State Attorney General is working with the State House and Senate to sponsor a bill that would greatly increase consumer protection in the event of data breaches and identity theft.

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cfl bulb
cfl bulb (Courtesy Amazon.com -Alzo Digital)
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Price of CFL Bulbs in Washington to Jump January 1st. – Did You Know?

You probably didn't, as the state hasn't exactly done a great job of letting people know.  CFL's, or compact fluorescent lights, are most commonly known as the "curly tail" bulbs that often don't fit inside standard lampshades.  But they are going to cost you $.25 cents more all across the state, starting  January 1st.

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Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money
Avoid buying certain generic items - might not save you money (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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As We Head to 2015 – 3 Things You Should NOT Buy Generic

Maybe one of your New Year's Resolutions is to save some money.  Often, that involves purchasing generic, lower-priced versions of food and products.    Most of the time, it can save money (But there's NO tasty generic substitute for Corn Flakes! We tried it, we know!).  But, according to leading consumer experts, there ARE some generic products that don't cut the mustard, and could even be a bit harmful.

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