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WIN Articles for January 9, 2019

Legislature set to convene January 14 for 105 Days   nt Affairs The Washington State Legislature convenes for a 105-day Session on Monday, January 14.  Sessions include all holidays and weekends so Sine Die – the end of Session  – is scheduled for Sunday,...

WIN Articles for November 28, 2018

Economic factors take some shine off the holiday for retailers By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  We’ve all heard the good news about retail projections for a strong holiday season. Crowds were plentiful and in a buying mood starting on Thanksgiving and lasting...

WIN Articles for November 21, 2018

All signs point to a strong holiday sales season By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  This coming weekend is expected to set off one of the best sales seasons for many retailers in recent memory. Holiday shoppers who will be buying from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday...

WIN Articles for November 7, 2018

Election results present a mixed bag for retailers Democrats control both Legislature houses By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Public Policy Tuesday’s record voter turnout produced interesting election results.  Please keep in mind that Washington State is an...

WIN Articles for October 24, 2018

Conferences pave the way for future partnerships By Renée Sunde, President/CEO It’s been a busy six weeks for me attending numerous conferences and summits around the country.  These valuable meetings have provided the chance to hear from top industry leaders,...

WIN Articles for October 17, 2018

Congressman Newhouse presented Hero of Main Street award Members of the Gilmore family who operate Dunbar Jewelers in Yakima presented Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-District 4) with a Hero of Main Street Award this week. The National Retail Federation awards the honor...

WIN Articles for October 10, 2018

Carbon tax initiative would hurt consumers and retailers By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  The carbon tax initiative on the fall ballot, Initiative 1631, would be a new, unfair energy and gasoline tax that would cost consumers hundreds of dollars a year while forcing...

WIN Articles for October 3, 2018

WRA attends Council of State Retail Associations national conference in San Antonio By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Conference season is upon us and Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Public Policy and I attended the Council of State Retail Associations (CSRA) conference held...

WIN Articles for September 26, 2018

WRA attends AWB policy summit              By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde and I attended the Association of Washington Business Policy Summit held at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elem last week. It drew almost 500...

WIN Articles for September 19, 2018

McMorris Rodgers honored as champion of small business By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association this week extended Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers the honor of recognition as a Hero of Main Street. I had the pleasure of presenting her the award...

Safety tip of the week

Remember to report and post last year’s workplace injuries Many Washington Retail and Retail Services members have to maintain annual accident logs for the prior year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration exempts many sorts of businesses from this...

WR focuses in on a growing list of bills

On this, the third week of the 2019 state Legislative Session, more bills are being introduced of interest to consumers, retailers and their employees. The 105-day session is scheduled to adjourn on April 28. What follows are some of the higher-profile bills that...

2019 is a year of retail transformation

By Renée Sunde, President & CEO Today’s consumers don’t just buy products; they buy experiences. Everything that retailers do to create a better experience contributes to how customers think of them. It’s really those actions that produce...

WR rebrand means a new name for the weekly newsletter

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications Washington Retail’s weekly e-newsletter has gone by the name Washington Information Network (WIN) for more than the past decade. As part of the unveiling of our new association brand in a few days, the Washington...

Independent contractor classification bills miss the mark

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs Senate Bill 5513 by Senator Karen Keiser and House Bill 1515 by Representative Marcus Riccelli miss the mark on addressing a problem they purport to solve. There is no disagreement on the issue;...

Retail and tourism, a match made in community development

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Today’s legislative panel on tourism took place with the House Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Committee. Headed by the Washington State Tourism Alliance Co-Chair, David Blandford, Senior VP of Public Affairs for...

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...
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