Rep. Noel Frame on why updating the Workforce Education Investment act is good for small businesses
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Rep. Noel Frame on why updating the Workforce Education Investment act is good for small businesses


Hi, I’m Noel Frame, State Representative from
the 36th District. Tonight, we’ve been on the floor working on
a bill to improve last year’s Workforce Education Investment Act. Last year, Democrats led the charge to expand opportunity
for Washington students by ensuring that more students could go to college or participate
in apprenticeships through free or reduced tuition. But, the way we paid for it was kind of complicated. I sit on the Finance Committee, and I’ve heard
a lot from businesses throughout the last year asking us to come back during this session
and really try to make this a little easier for small businesses. And I’m really happy to report that we are
doing that with this bill. The bill that we are passing tonight does
three things: 1. It makes the tax administration simpler and
easier to understand, particularly for small businesses. 2. It makes it a little bit more fair by raising
the threshold to gross income of over $1 million. That’s really ensuring that small businesses
are getting a fair shake. And 3. They asked us to make the changes soon enough
that we wouldn’t create confusion among small businesses. And if we move this, as we hope to tonight,
we are getting these notices out to small businesses now rather than the businesses
getting one notice this month, and getting a different notice next month. So, I think that this legislation before us
has been super responsive to our small business community, in addition to all the great things
that it does to provide access to college and apprenticeships for Washington students. Thanks so much.

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