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To Tax, Or Not To Tax: Business Groups Divided

Ross Reynolds
11/30/2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Business Groups Split On Proposed Sales Tax Hike: Chris Gregoire's proposal to help balance the state budget with a half–penny sales tax increase is dividing business groups. The president of the Association of Washington Business says taxes should be on the table. But the state director of The National Federation of Independent Business says it's a terrible time to raise the sales tax. We'll talk to both sides.

Government Gets More Aggressive To Curtail Wood Stove Smoke: As winter sets in, people are firing up their wood stoves more frequently. As a result, the air in the Northwest is as dirty as it gets all year. Wood stoves are one of the biggest — if not the biggest — contributor to this problem in our area. Correspondent Tom Banse reports clean air agencies are going to greater lengths to pry old, polluting, uncertified wood stoves out of the fingers of homeowners.

Seattle Home Prices Continue To Head Downward: Home prices in the Seattle area continue to slip downward. That's according to the latest Case–Shiller Home Price Index, which measures home prices in 20 U.S. cities. KUOW's Deborah Wang reports.


Patrick Connor is state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, which is a nonprofit representing small and independent businesses.

Don Brunell is president of the Association of Washington Business, which serves as the state's Chamber of Commerce.

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