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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...

WIN Articles for August 29, 2018

Retail momentum continues across the nation By Renée Sunde, President/CEO If 2017 was the year of the retail apocalypse, 2018 could be the year of retail renaissance. The signs are promising. It has been a solid second quarter for retail across the nation due to...

WIN Articles for August 22, 2018

WRA meets Suzi LeVine, new ESD Employment Security Commissioner By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs The Washington Retail Association management team got acquainted with newly-appointed Employment Security Commissioner Suzi LeVine during a meeting in her...

WIN Articles for August 15, 2018

Gov. Inslee celebrates Careers in Retail Month By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is proud to announce that Governor Jay Inslee joins us in celebrating September as Careers in Retail Month. It’s the second year of what we expect will be...

WIN Articles for August 1, 2018

WRA joins opposition to local food taxes By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is supporting the Yes! to Affordable Groceries Initiative this year, or I-1634. This is a movement that will help protect both retailers and customers alike. If...

WIN Articles for July 25, 2018

Capital Mall GM joins WRA board of directors By Renée Sunde, President/CEO I’m pleased to announce the election of Kevin Johnston, General Manager of Olympia’s Capital Mall, to the Washington Retail Association Board of Directors. Kevin’s extensive...
Congressman Newhouse presented Hero of Main Street award

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 to member of Congress whose voting records demonstrate...

Mail in your ballot because your vote counts

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Ballots are scheduled to begin going out to voters beginning this Friday for the Nov. 6 general election. Washington Retail Association supports Initiative 1634 to block new local taxes on groceries and opposes...

September statewide unemployment rate was an historic low

Washington State’s 4.4 percent unemployment rate in September was an historic low for monthly reporting that dates back to 1976. The monthly rate was down from 4.7 percent a year ago. The unemployment rate was the highlight of an Economic Revenue Forecast...

National retail sales increase 3 percent over last year

National retail sales increased 3 percent in September compared to the same time last year, the National Retail Federation reported this week. The results were somewhat softer than expected due to Hurricane Florence and running concerns about tariffs and a trade war...

Safety tip of the week

Rules for electrical safety Improperly using electrical equipment can create serious hazards for workers. Special safety features built into equipment often are rendered ineffective when equipment is manipulated or misused. This can harm workers and damage the...

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 retailers to raise prices to compensate for the resulting...

WRA Joins Port Competitiveness Coalition

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Washington Retail Association has joined the Port Competitiveness Coalition including the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Partners include members from labor, shippers and the state’s agriculture industry. The...

Seattle announces higher minimum wage in January

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has announced new minimum hourly payment levels for workers beginning in January. Pay will be $16 an hour for companies employing more than 500 workers worldwide beginning January 1, 2019. The two-tiered payment system that...
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