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WRA opposes independent contractor bills that miss the target

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs  Two independent contractor misclassification bills have been introduced and heard before the legislature this week.  House Bill 1300, prime sponsored by Representative Marcus Riccelli (D) and Senate Bill...

Retail’s future still rests on the customer experience

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO A hundred years ago there was Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdales, to name only a few well-known clothiers.  The focus then was about merchandising and marketing, but it was founded on personal relationships and...
WRA meets with Seattle Mayor Durkan

WRA meets with Seattle Mayor Durkan

By Mark Johnson, Senior VP Government Affairs Monday night Renée Sunde, President/CEO, John Engber, Director, Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle, and I had the pleasure of attending newly-elected Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s inauguration celebration. Mayor...

Legislative Session starts on Monday

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs I accompanied new WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde at a joint Kiwanis/Rotary meeting this week to hear three local state representatives talk about the upcoming 60-day legislative session that begins on Monday....

WRA meets with key Legislature leaders

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO and Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Today we had the honor of meeting with Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-43rd District) and Senator Marko Liias (D-21st District) Majority Floor Leader. Many...