Washington

  • Project Labor Agreements

    Executive order encourages state agencies to consider the use of PLAs on a project-by-project basis.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; no monetary threshold.

  • Right to Work

    No.

  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes P3s on transportation projects and vertical construction projects associated with transportation projects, but prohibits P3’s on projects that are primarily for recreational purposes such as parks, hiking trails, etc. Statute neither permits nor prohibits P3s on other vertical construction projects. Unsolicited bids are accepted under certain conditions.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Washington Customized Training Program – Provides training assistance to businesses that provide employment opportunities in Washington. Training is provided by community, technical or private career colleges and can include formal training in basic education and skills, skills assessment and evaluation, technical skills and job-related instruction, and training equipment, materials, facilities and supplies. Under the program, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) pays the costs up front for customized training. After training is completed, the business repays the costs to the SBCTC interest free. The first payment will be equal to 25% of the full cost of the training program and is due upon completion of the training. The remaining 75% is spread over the next 18 months. As each payment is made the business may take a state business & occupation (B&O) tax credit equal to 50% of the payment. Thus, the total tax credit will be equal to 50% of the full cost of the training program.

  • Career and Technical Education

    74% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Washington does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • 5-Year Average Job Growth Rate (2011-16)

    7.0%.

Monthly Unemployment Rate in Washington

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No law in place.
Public: Payment must be made 30 days after invoice or receipt of services, whichever is later, unless the public entity has not yet received grant or federal money supporting the project, or a later date is determined by existing contract.
Subs:
– Private: No law in place.
– Public: Payment must be made to subs and subs to lower tiers 10 days after payment.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction

3.8%.

Incidence Rate in Construction (2013)

7.

Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers private workplaces and state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction

18.3%.

Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal and personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage (2016)

11

Percentage of Pensions Funded

84%

Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

0.88%

Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

0% (Tax on Gross Receipts)

Capital Spending % As Share of Total State Spending (2013)

7.4%