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The Journal’s View: Spokane voters should support school replacement levies

School district funding has been thrown into upheaval by changes at the state level in recent years. New rounds of replacement levies are important steps toward stabilizing funding for those districts in the next few years....

Guest Commentary: Lawmakers should avoid tax hurdles during recovery

Ten months after the arrival of the coronavirus in Washington, the Legislature is convening for a new legislative session amid a pandemic that will shape every aspect of the session, from the way lawmakers conduct business (over computer screens instead ...

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The Journal's 10 Most Read Articles of 2020

One of Spokane's swiftest and most visible business casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic also made for the Journal's most-read story of 2020. And it wasn't really close, according to page-view data generated by Google Analytics, for SpokaneJournal.com....

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Top 25 Spokane-area business stories of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated news headlines in 2020 and served as the subtext for many of the significant business decisions made in the Spokane area during the year. With that backdrop, the Inland Northwest business community experienced a number of...

Jubilant HollisterStier plans $70 million expansion

Spokane-based Jubilant HollisterStier LLC is planning to double its existing space and manufacturing capacity and add 400 employees during the next three years, says Amit Arora, president of the pharmaceutical manufacturing company....

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Spokane-area businesses received $786M in PPP loans

More than $786 million went to 6,755 businesses in Spokane County through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to detailed data released earlier this month by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The disclosure comes after several ...

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Beer Here: Entrepreneurs seek to capitalize on love of suds in coronavirus era

Tim Loucks and Tyler Cossey have never met, but the two Eastern Washington University business school alums have something in common: They’re trying to find their riches in beer. Loucks, 42, is looking to innovate keg storage of brews, and Cossey...

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2021 could usher in economic reset

While our previous decade-long ascending economy took an abrupt nosedive in 2020, prognosticators among many economic sectors are looking up for 2021. The extent of their optimism, however, hinges on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, or congressional...

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Q&A with Economist Vange Ocasio Hochheimer

Vange Ocasio Hochheimer teaches economics at Whitworth University, but the roots she’s put down in Spokane over the past decade extend beyond the university’s campus. Ocasio Hochheimer spent much of her childhood in Puerto Rico. As an adult, she ...

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Construction activity likely to be strong in 2021

The 2020 construction season got off to a slow start because of pandemic-induced restrictions. Overall, though, industry observers here say the season finished better than expected, and 2021 is expected to even better. About $30 million in public work ...

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