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Jon Talton

Jon Talton

Entrepreneur Elon Musk aims high with SpaceX.
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Saturday, January 24
Elon Musk drops space plans into Seattle’s lap | Jon Talton

Elon Musk thought three major trends would drive the future: the Internet, the quest for sustainable energy and space exploration. He’s got skin in all three games.

Saturday, January 17

Stalled wages shape Seattle’s housing-affordability crisis | Jon Talton

No American city has found the ideal response to pricey housing, not even much more expensive New York, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco.

Saturday, January 10

High seas gambles | Jon Talton

The new East Coast competition is spending to deepen its harbors, expand terminal facilities, build new warehouses and improve the ”last mile” connections between ports and highways and railroads.

Saturday, December 27

What forces will shape local economy in 2015? | Jon Talton

Amazon, the ports, Gov. Inslee are among the factors to watch as Seattle’s booming economy heads into the new year.

Saturday, December 20

Russia’s ties to Northwest put trade gains at risk | Jon Talton

Russia was one of Washington’s fastest-growing export markets. As a World Trade Organization member, it would, for example, cut tariffs on commercial airplanes in half and strengthen intellectual-property protections.

Saturday, December 13

Uber-style disruption OK as long as it leaves us in a better place | Jon Talton

The notion of a sharing economy would find much less traction if the U.S. economy was creating enough well-paid, full-time jobs with benefits.

Friday, December 5

Federal drop in R&D money to help China leave us in dust | Jon Talton

R&D is as much a foundation of modern economies as capital, petroleum and skilled workers.

Saturday, November 22

‘Battle in Seattle’ and the WTO legacy | Jon Talton

It’s also worth considering other ways the world envisioned by the framers of the 1999 Ministerial Conference has and hasn’t worked out.

Saturday, November 15

D.C. drama threatens Internet access for all | Jon Talton

D.C. Internet drama threatens Web access for all

Saturday, November 8

What we might see from a GOP-led Congress | Jon Talton

The energetic Republican base and the most influential Republicans in Congress want action. It just won’t necessarily be what the mainstream consider important.

Saturday, November 1

How China shapes NW trade, world’s future | Jon Talton

Imports from China are the backbone of the Puget Sound ports.