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Cannabis sales in Spokane County jump 21% in fiscal ‘21

Sales of recreational cannabis in Spokane County increased 21% in fiscal year 2021, falling short of the aggressive surge the industry experienced in fiscal 2020. Data recently released by the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board shows $163.7...


Former HUD administrator joins Washington Trust Bank

Washington Trust Bank has hired former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator Chris Patterson to serve in its newly established role of community solutions adviser. Patterson says that in this new role, he’ll work with ...


DSP, city extend contract, plan for Business Improvement District expansion

The Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Spokane City Council have agreed to a five-year contract extension for the DSP’s management of the downtown Business Improvement District, says Roy Koegen, DSP chairman. Under the new contract, DSP will work ...


Taxing Concerns: Spokane bankers question proposed IRS reporting mandate

Spokane-area community banks and credit unions are unified in opposition to proposed federal legislation that would require them to report to the IRS on the deposits and withdrawals of all business and personal accounts with a balance of more than $600. ...


Tax proposals said to affect retirement decisions

Inland Northwest financial experts have observed an increase in people retiring slightly earlier, and some say the potential for an increase in certain federal taxes is playing a role. John Kessler, senior vice president with Spokane-based Washington...

L&I proposes increase in workers’ compensation premiums

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposing a 3.1% overall average rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance for 2022. If approved, the increase would be the state’s first rate hike in five years. On Sept. 21, L&I ...


Expiration of federal unemployment aid might cost employers

With the Sept. 4 expiration of federal pandemic unemployment assistance, employers may see higher unemployment insurance charges as more former employees transfer to regular unemployment benefits, according to the Washington state Employment Security ...


Eastern State Hospital steps up during pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, has been recognized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for setting up separate wards for quarantined patients and COVID-positive patients, despite a temporary funding cutback. ...


Private sector takes on public problems in Spokane

Last year, the Hutton Settlement began paying $3,000 a month for private security to protect its 20 Spokane-area commercial properties from graffiti, property damage, and theft. ...


Tenant, landlord groups wait on new resolution system

New laws and an eviction moratorium bridge have created confusion, and more funding for rental assistance is needed, say both landlord and tenant group leaders here....

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