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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...

WIN Articles for July 18, 2018

WRA Joins Forces With Employment Security by Renée Sunde, President/CEO Over the past months, WRA has joined forces with our partners at Washington State Employment Security along with our workforce partners around the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges...

WIN Articles for July 5, 2018

“Pax Futura” demonstrates future retail construction Mark Johnson, WRA’s Senior VP of Government Affairs, got a glimpse at the future of retail construction on a recent tour as a member of the state Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on...

WIN Articles for June 13, 2018

Washington retail around the state By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This week was the start of a four-day road trip across parts of Eastern Washington. My goal for this outreach has been pretty simple: to connect with our local retail partners in communities around the...

WIN Articles for June 6, 2018

                                  Retail’s evolution in physical retail By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This year’s ICSC RECON was big – not a surprise with all that...

WIN Aritcles for May 30, 2018

State Senator proposes a head tax credit for distressed counties By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs In answer to Seattle’s business head tax, state Senator Steve O’Ban (R-Tacoma) has proposed a bill to extend a business head tax credit to...

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?...

Lens outlines Inslee’s new tax proposals

Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2019 new tax proposals are broken down in detail in The Lens, the online news site of the Washington Business Institute. They include: A 9 percent capital gains tax sure to be challenged in court as an illegal tax on income. An increase in the...

House hears bill on data breach requirements

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs The House Innovation and Technology Committee today heard testimony on House Bill 1071 concerning data breach notification requirements. This is one of the highest priorities for WRA’s...

Retailers urge defeat of expected statewide scheduling bill

By Tammie Hetrick, Chief Operating Officer Washington Retail will soon be asking members to contact their legislators to oppose an expected bill that would mandate scheduling requirements on retailers across the state. Washington Retail Association has made attempts...

Supreme Court declines to rule on Seattle income tax

The Court of Appeals is expected to be the next court to rule on Seattle’s attempt to impose an income tax on wealthy residents. That’s because the state Supreme Court last week declined Seattle’s request for an immediate ruling on an appeal of a...

Senator Ranker resigns amid conduct investigation

State Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, has resigned his seat in the midst of an investigation into sexual harassment charges and improper workplace conduct. He submitted a letter to Governor Jay Inslee late last week. In an emailed statement, Ranker apologized to...

Safety tip of the week

Keep safety a top priority You might have once read a headline that said something like “safety a priority after death of worker.” The key word in that headline is after. For many companies, safety can fall by the wayside as a priority when day-to-day...
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