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WRA board holds annual meeting in Bellevue

New officers elected By Renée Sunde, President/CEO The Washington Retail Board of Directors met at the Lincoln Place Collaboration Center in Bellevue on Monday for our Annual Meeting, hosted by the Kemper Development Company. Chairman Francisco Uribe of Home Depot was...

WRA rebrand nears completion

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications In a few short weeks, Washington Retail will move into the New Year with an exciting new identity. It has been more than a decade since the association adopted its current logo. We were going on five years since we upgraded...

Washington Retail addresses retail theft on Seattle tv

Washington Retail was part of a KIRO TV report last week highlighting the state’s growing problem with organized retail theft. Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, told reporter Amy Clancy that thefts last year cost consumers an estimated $400...

L&I to conduct webinars on new equal pay law

Labor & Industries has scheduled four webinars later this month and next to explain Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act that went into effect last June. It requires employers to provide equal pay and career advancement opportunities to employees...

Bill could ban plastic shopping bags statewide

Washington could become the nation’s second state to ban plastic shopping bags under a bill expected to be introduced into the 2019 Legislative session. The bill by Democrats, Senator Kevin Ranker and Representative Strom Petersen would impose a 10-cent charge...

Walla Walla newspaper urges state spending restraint

A new Walla Walla Union-Bulletin editorial urges state legislators to avoid tax increases by spending within the state’s means. The commentary notes that the state, due to the healthy economy, will set a record $50 billion in spending the next two years....