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Weekly Update: Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Third Special Legislative Session Begins Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a third special session to work to fund the McCleary decision, a court-mandated K-12 education funding within

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Minimum Wage 2017

Resources, FAQ, and Help I-1433 increases the minimum wage statewide to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017 (with the exception of Seattle which goes up to $15). It also

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Eye on Hospitality: Obama Era Labor Regulations May Be Trumped

2016 has been a challenging year for Washington state’s hospitality industry. With the recent passage of a statewide minimum wage increase and a Seattle initiative that will place increased regulatory burdens upon the city’s hotels, operators can still take heart.

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Weekly Update: 2016 Election Results

Tuesday night’s results came as a surprise to much of the country – as almost every projection, poll, data set was off. On the national level, Donald Trump will be our next president, Republicans will have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and a slim majority in the U.S. Senate.

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2016 Election Recap (ongoing updates)

Tuesday night’s results came as a surprise to much of the country – as almost every projection, poll, data set was off.  Widely supported conjecture of a “blue tidal wave”

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Fighting for a better solution after the passage of I-1433

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2016 Contact: Stephanie McMannus (360) 956-7279 StephanieM@wahospitality.org We believe there were better solutions for Washington than Initiative 1433. Looking ahead, we will work with stakeholders to

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2016 Voting Guide

Each year the WRA and WLA Government Affairs Committee endorses candidates who support restaurants and hotels and who will work to keep a thriving business sector in our state. Below is our of

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Weekly Update: The Election is Here: Your Vote Matters!

The long-awaited election is here. With state ballot measures on issues like minimum wage, it is essential that you fill out your ballot promptly and mail it in before Nov.

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Weekly Update: Election 2016 – Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard

Election 2016: Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard Your general election ballot should have arrived by now. In this election that can profoundly affect

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Washington Hospitality Association 2016 endorsements

Each year the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee endorses candidates who support restaurants and hotels and who will work to keep a thriving business sector in our state. Below is our of current

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2016 Primary Elections Results

Candidates across the state ran for 346 open spots in the August 2, 2016 primary. You can see the races and candidates that we supported at: www.warestaurant.org/2016-endorsements. While primaries are

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Weekly Update: WRA and WLA Finalize Partnership to Become One Hospitality Association

This week, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) finalized a partnership that will lead to the creation of one of the state’s largest trade associations.

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Hot Off the Grill: Election Edition

The 2015 election cycle turned out to be very busy for the Washington Restaurant and Washington Lodging Associations. The hospitality industry (WRA & WLA) played a part in many races

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Weekly Update: WRA supports minimum wage increases done the right way

As a member driven organization, your WRA Board has decided go in a new direction. In response, the WRA has issued a press release stating its new position, which you can read in full here.