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Senate passes four bills to curb retail crime

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President Government Affairs The state Senate this week passed SB 5632, 5634, 5635 and 5633 that all address organized retail theft. WRA supports all four bills and has testified on their behalf.  We would like to thank Senators Mike...

Retailers feel impacts no matter where they are

By Jan Teague, President/CEO Retailers have been very worried about the idea of an import tax on goods and the cool relationship that President Trump is developing with China. Retailers are highly dependent on goods from other countries. Any slowing of deliveries or...

Senator introduces two nexus sales tax bills

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Two bills have been introduced in the Senate that would allow Washington State to collect sales taxes from retailers without a physical presence here. Senator Steve Hobbs is the prime sponsor of Senate Bills...

WRA challenges Initiative 1433 in court

By Jan Teague, President/CEO WRA has gone to court to challenge the constitutionality of Initiative 1433 that voters approved last fall to raise the state minimum wage and institute paid sick leave statewide. Our argument is limited to the faulty form of the...

Fiscal committees cut-off this Friday

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President Government Affairs Today is day 45 of the 105-day legislative session.  This Friday, February 24 marks the first fiscal committee cut-off. That means all bills that have a fiscal impact either positive or negative and are not...

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib visits with WRA Board

By Jan Teague, President/CEO The WRA Board of Directors had the opportunity to meet with our new Lt. Governor, Cyrus Habib. He was very gracious and interested in what the retailers were doing.  He seems to be taking to his new role with great enthusiasm and energy. ...