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WR meets with top Senate leadership

Biweekly meetings are planned By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Washington Retail’s executive team and lobbyists met last week with the state Senate leadership to review priority session issues facing the business community....

WR begins tracking bills of impact to retailers

Today is the 10th day of the 105-day 2019 state Legislative Session. Washington Retail already is busy tracking bills that could affect retailers. In all, upwards of 2,000 bills could be filed before various deadlines crop up at different points during the session....

Washington Retail nears unveiling of a new brand

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications Washington Retail is making final checks in preparation for the unveiling of a new brand next month. The outcome will be the result of nearly a year’s work of reviewing and rethinking our mission, programs and...

Lens reviews capital gains tax proposal

Washington Retail comments included An article posted in the online news site The Lens outlines the current Legislature debate surrounding Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed capital gains tax. The article includes comments in opposition from Mark Johnson, WR’s...

State revenues continue to exceed forecasts

Retail sales taxes are up 4.9 percent compared to last year State tax revenues were up 3.7 percent compared to a November forecast, the Economic Revenue Forecast Council reported last week. Total payments from the retail sector were up 4.9 percent for December 11 to...

Safety tip of the week

Don’t ignore unsafe conditions at work As you head home from work at the end of the day, you see a spill on the floor. Do you just walk on by?   You might be heading to the stock room and someone has left an extension cord lying on the floor. Do you ignore it?...