Jon Talton comments on economic trends and turning points, putting them into context with people, place and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. His column runs every Sunday. He also makes posts in his blog. Jon Talton comments on economic trends and turning points, putting them into context with people, place and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. His column runs every Sunday. Hear Jon on KUOW's Weekday every 3rd Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.
Oil is still costly, a head wind to economic growth.
Railroads didn’t die. In fact, they will be an increasingly important part of the 21st century transportation of freight and people.
If the leap of faith and goodwill that led to this historic agreement between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma continue, great things can happen.
Seattle’s boom could stop in a heartbeat.
Washington state estimates that in 2012, the “military industry” was responsible for 136,000 jobs and $15.7 billion in economic activity.
Bill Gates, the richest person of our new gilded age, is not only the world’s biggest giver but also one of our most influential public intellectuals.
Creating new world-class universities not among hobbies of super wealthy today.
After WWII, the U.S. established a global order to keep the peace. Today, it is coming under increasing pressure. This is of no small consequence for Washington and Seattle. Washington ranks third among states in the value of its merchandise exports and Seattle area is fourth among metro areas.
Tough times remain for organized labor, but successful efforts in cities and states to raise the minimum wage, most notably $15 in Sea-Tac and gradually in Seattle, is something to celebrate.
Ambassador Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, contends that “a lot is the frustration with globalization rather than trade agreements.”
Washington is doing itself no favors by lawmakers seemingly content to let the research-and-development tax credit sunset at the end of this year. The highly successful Life Sciences Discovery Fund was saved by Gov. Jay Inslee.