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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: Greenhouse gases and people in glass houses

By Don Brunell May 19, 2015 6 a.m.

There's an old saying that people living in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. The moral is that before criticizing others, you should make sure your own house is in order.

Brunell: Ex-Im Bank has impact on small businesses

By Don Brunell May 12, 2015 6 a.m.

How is Seattle's Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely.

Brunell: Will ports be ready for big ships?

By Don Brunell May 5, 2015 6 a.m.

The Longshoremen's work slowdown that snarled West Coast ports for nine months is over, leaving behind bitter memories and billions in economic damages. But the global trends that foreshadowed that port disruption remain.

Brunell: Trade deals imperative for America

By Don Brunell April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

Brunell: State's Tax Freedom Day later than most

By Don Brunell April 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until Friday, every penny you've earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes. While this year, national Tax Freedom Day is 114 days into the year, for us in Washington, it won't arrive until April 29.

Brunell: Association Health Plans are filling void

By Don Brunell April 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Imagine you have a product that customers love. It's top quality, affordable and meets or exceeds all state and federal benefit standards. Better yet, your product fills a void in the marketplace that left people vulnerable and unprotected.

Brunell: New rail safety regulations welcome

By Don Brunell April 7, 2015 6 a.m.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced new rules that reduce the vapor pressure in oil tanker cars leaving his state's booming oil patch. The goal is to reduce the risk of fiery explosions like the one that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July 2013.

Brunell: Franchises are treated unfairly by wage law

By Don Brunell March 31, 2015 6 a.m.

Ever since the $15 wage proposal was narrowly approved by City of SeaTac voters, municipal leaders in neighboring Seattle have pushed to impose the same edict.

Brunell: Fossil fuel use isn't ending any time soon

By Don Brunell March 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy.

Don Brunell: Higher minimum wage not the answer

By Don Brunell March 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Washington has the nation's highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour, and now the state Legislature wants to hike it to $12. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, wants to boost it to $15 to go in step with the SeaTac initiative, which voters barely approved last year.

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