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Food donations offer financial, community benefits

Donating surplus food does more than divert waste from landfills. It helps disadvantage members of your community, provides tax savings to your business and helps restaurants better manage their businesses.

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Hot Off the Grill: Spectacular special session finish, historic wins for restaurants

The curtain has finally fallen on another legislative season in Olympia. Your WRA government affairs team has been right in the middle of the action since January 10, when regular session began, until nearly midnight on Wednesday, when the special session adjourned sine die. Along the way, this team has delivered a historic number of victories for your business.

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Special session ends, restaurants win

Just shy of its midnight deadline, the Washington State Legislature wrapped up its special session late Wednesday, passing a budget that raises no taxes and reduces billions in spending. Even better?

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Seattle Times columnist applauds liquor initiative

Last fall, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat expressed confusion over why the state would give away its liquor business to privatization via Initiative 1100. So it makes sense that he would have an entirely different take on the liquor privatization ballot initiative filed late last week by the WRA, Costco and the Northwest Grocery Association.

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Colin Powell focuses on leadership at National Restaurant Show

Gen. Colin Powell spoke to a rapt, standing-room-only crowd of restaurant professionals May 22 as the keynote speaker at NRA Show 2011 in Chicago. He delivered insights on everything from the “Arab spring” revolutions in the Middle East to the information revolution. He started off his remarks by noting he’s a huge fan of restaurants…

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WRA part of new liquor privatization initiative

The WRA has teamed up with a coalition including Costco and the Northwest Grocery Association in filing a ballot initiative that will privatize the distribution and sale of liquor in Washington state and provide hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenues to state and local governments.

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Hot Off the Grill: Special session breakthrough?

On Thursday afternoon, word began circulating that both the House and Senate are now planning to convene all weekend in hopes of completing work on the two-year operating budget by adjournment on May 25. Budget negotiators are signaling “significant progress” in resolving differences between the House and Senate spending plans…and some hints of movement on the thorny issue of workers’ compensation reform are emerging.

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Important truth: Seattle is not San Francisco

The Seattle Times this morning ran an editorial arguing that the city shouldn’t always feel the need to emulate San Francisco’s public policy decisions, particularly in the case of the proposal for mandatory paid sick leave, which is now circulating among Seattle’s City Council members.


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Did someone say soirée? A little shindig? Why yes we did… Please join the Washington Restaurant Association on June 15 for a Media Mixer at one of Seattle’s hottest new

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Recognizing leaders across Washington

The WRA Industry Leadership Awards recognize Washington restaurant industry leaders for their contributions to communities, to the success of a restaurant(s) and for leadership in the industry.

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Restaurants ready for swipe fee relief

One year after Congress passed a landmark law putting an end to exorbitant and unnecessary debit card processing fees, customers and businesses alike are ready to see reforms implemented.

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Hot Off the Grill: Special session brings more of the same

The 30-day special session, which was called by the governor on April 26, is constitutionally bound to a period of 30 days – making Wednesday, May 25 the last day of special session. With just 12 days left, little progress has been made. Without the passage of a budget by May 25, the governor will have to call together yet another session, and lawmakers must come to a final decision on a budget by June 30, before the next fiscal year begins.

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Center Plate: WRA speaks up on mandatory paid sick leave proposal in Seattle

The WRA has spoken with multiple media outlets over the past week regarding the proposed mandatory paid sick leave proposal circulating among Seattle City Council members. It’s an important debate and one that must include the restaurant industry’s collective voice. Take a look at what the WRA has been doing to communicate restaurants’ unique position.

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Center Plate: WRA speaks up on mandatory paid sick leave proposal in Seattle

May 12, 2011 WRA speaks up on mandatory paid sick leave proposal in Seattle The WRA has spoken with multiple media outlets over the past week regarding the proposed mandatory

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Small Business Week provides valuable tools and resources

Next week, National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses in America. Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy. Consequently, a number of government agencies, such as the Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service have planned several educational opportunities for restaurants and other businesses.