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WRA’s 2011 Legislative Priorities

There are two important pressure points in the 2011 session that drive a number of WRA priorities: 1) The Need to Balance a $4-6 billion budget deficit; 2) Increases in Workers Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Taxes

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First day of 2011 legislative session heralds WRA’s aggressive agenda

Protecting the hospitality industry and supporting job growth are at the core of the Washington Restaurant Association’s legislative agenda. The WRA today outlined its plans to shield the state’s restaurant industry, which has shed thousands of jobs since the recession began, from any action that would slow its recovery.

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Food supply could be terrorists’ newest target

Any compromise to the U.S. food supply could spell serious trouble for the restaurant industry. Major media outlets have reported this week on the potential of a terrorist plot that could target hotel and restaurant salad bars and buffets.

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L&I announces workers’ compensation insurance rate increases

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced today that workers’ compensation insurance premiums would increase for the restaurant industry by 6 percent, while other industries will see an average 12 percent increase.


Ivar’s recognized nationally for employee training and retention

Ivar’s, Inc. was recently one of four companies recognized nationally with a National Restaurant Association Education Foundation 2010 SPIRIT Award – awarded annually for superior employee benefits, training programs and

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Washington Restaurant Association Expresses Concern Over Gov. Gregoire’s Proposal for Pop Syrup Tax Credit Repeal

OLYMPIA-The Washington Restaurant Association responded today to Gov. Gregoire’s proposal to repeal the B&O tax credit for pop syrup, stated within her revised budget and revenue proposal, released Wednesday.