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Weekly Update: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program

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Weekly Update – Big Victory for Hospitality Industry: Jobs Tax Proposal Defeated in Seattle

Washington State Supreme Court Still Not Satisfied with Legislature’s Education Funding Plan On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a new order in the McCleary case, requiring full and

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Jobs tax proposal is defeated in Seattle

On Tues., Nov. 14, the Seattle City Council voted on a proposed tax on jobs, and the short-sighted proposal failed in a vote of 5-4. The vote is a victory

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Seattle passes a tax on short-term rentals, regulations to come next

On Mon., Nov. 13, the Seattle City Council voted to impose a tax on short-term rentals of $8 per night for a room and $14 per night for an entire

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Every Vote Counts: Don’t forget to return your November ballot!

Washington Hospitality encourages members to participate in the Nov. 7 general elections. The Association has endorsed candidates in three special elections for state senate and house seats. The outcome of

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting The country is in shock after the unspeakable Las Vegas shooting, on Oct. 1. “We extend our prayers and thoughts to the victims

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Seeking your input on our 2018 legislative priorities Each year, Washington Hospitality’s Government Affairs team holds a series of meetings around the state to gather members’ input on priority issues

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Weekly Update: Our 2017 Legislative Heroes

Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. “The legislators we’ve chosen this year fight for

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Weekly Update: Golf FORE! Education – A Big Success

Golf FORE! Education – A Big Success Despite the rain, Tuesday’s Golf Fore Education event at the Washington National Golf Course had a great turnout from our hospitality community. With

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Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes

OLYMPIA – Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. The association is known for its political advocacy and acumen. Nominees for

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Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19 This year the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation has celebrated many wins for Association membership and local hospitality communities. Understanding that

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Weekly Update: Flavor Tax Exemption Ends, But New Taxes Stopped

Flavor Tax Exemption Ends, But New Taxes Stopped This year the Legislature was under extreme pressure to find more resources. Due to the McCleary decision squeezing the budget from every

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Weekly Update: A Sweet Victory in Spokane!

A Sweet Victory in Spokane! The Spokane City Council last week said it is not imposing, or asking voters to impose, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The city sent a

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Weekly Update: Regular Legislative Session Set to End April 23

105-Day Regular Legislative Session Set to End April 23 The regular legislative session will end April 23, but it is commonly accepted that there will at least be one special

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Legislative News: Fourteenth Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 99th day of 105-day session that is scheduled to end on April 23. There is discussion of session ending on Sunday, after legislators work through the weekend. However,