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Small-business owners saddled with thousands of duplicate and confusing state agency rules and regulations can breathe a little easier today because House Bill 2603, sponsored by Rep. Norma Smith, was signed...

March 24, 2010

After a lot of back and forth with state agencies and stakeholders, House Bill 2603, sponsored by Rep. Norma Smith, passed the Senate and will have only one more hurdle before...

March 5, 2010

In an economy that has caused many of the state's private-sector employers to cut costs to avoid layoffs and keep their doors open, Rep. Norma Smith believes now is the time...

Feb. 15, 2010

We know small businesses are the engine of our economy – in Washington state, and nationally. When state government works in partnership with employers to cut onerous regulations, that’s when we...

Feb. 3, 2010

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, began the 2010 legislative session Jan. 11 by introducing three bills with bipartisan support to help struggling farmers and employers in the 10th Legislative District and statewide....

Jan. 11, 2010

Right now, political leadership in Washington must say what employers need to hear: We appreciate you and we want you to remain in our state providing the much-needed, good-paying jobs that...

Dec. 22, 2009

"I am very disappointed to hear about Boeing’s 787 decision. Today’s announcement is a vital reminder that Washington state simply does not have a business climate that is fair to its...

Oct. 28, 2009

Washington state is slipping in its competitiveness and ability to retain and recruit companies - in aerospace and other industry sectors.

Oct. 9, 2009

Exciting developments are occurring in Washington's alternative energy future and Whidbey Island’s neighboring waterways are part of that story. The Snohomish Public Utility District and the Department of the Navy are...

Aug. 14, 2009

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, will take part in a trade mission to Taiwan and China June 4 through June 14. The goals of the mission are to better understand market needs,...

May 28, 2009