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Center Plate: Taxes, snakes and 1099

Session mid-point yields movement If you haven’t heard, this past weekend was a big one for several WRA-backed pieces of legislation. The Senate passed our meal tax bill, while the

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Center Plate: King County restaurant tax debate heats up

King County restaurant tax debate picks up steam The WRA has expressed conditional support for House Bill 1997, pertaining to the King County restaurant tax, originally imposed to fund repayment

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Center Plate: Employment Security Department unveils UI implementation plan

Feb. 24,2011 Employment Security Department hurries to implement new UI law The state Legislature’s recent passage of the unemployment insurance tax rate proposal prompted the state Employment Security Department to

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Center Plate: What your business can expect from UI reform

News & Information What to expect out of new UI tax reform law Thanks to new unemployment insurance legislation signed by Gov. Gregoire late last week, your business will see

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Center Plate: Legislation could have big impact on restaurants

News & Information Projected benefits of UI legislation spell substantial savings for restaurants Thanks to the remarkable bipartisanship in the House and Senate over the past week, a new unemployment

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Center Plate: National industry sales shift upward after three down years

Restaurateurs testify on employee meal tax A trio of WRA members testified this week in Olympia before the Washington State Legislature’s House Ways and Means Committee in favor of legislation

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Center Plate: Employee meal tax bill introduced

The Washington Restaurant Association today announced its proposal to eliminate the unnecessary sales tax burden imposed when restaurants provide a complimentary meal to their employees. This bill, if passed, would benefit both employees and employers.

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Center Plate: Jan. 31 deadline to adjust witholdings

Corkage fee waiver debated A set of bills was introduced in the state House and Senate this week, seeking to provide restaurants with the latitude to waive corkage fees in

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Center Plate: $5.9 million in WRA Retro refunds for members!

Other headlines: L&I temporarily suspends restaurant inspections, Congress funds small-business lending incentives, 2011 legislative session kicks off next week, January issue of WRA’s magazine hitting mailboxes next week

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Center Plate: Court denies delaying minimum wage hike

Other headlines: Public hearings on workers’ comp premium rate increase to be held Jan. 4; Payroll tax cut to boost take-home pay for most workers; Delinquent taxpayer amnesty program launched by Department of Revenue

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Center Plate: Liquor Control Board adopts new rules concerning restaurant licensees

In July, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) initiated rule-making to implement new authority for beer and wine tastings in grocery stores.

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News & Information State budget proposals reveal little impact to industry On December 15, Gov. Gregoire released her proposed 2011-2013 spending plan. The $32 billion plan, which is based on

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Center Plate – Thursday, December 9

Earlier this week, Gov.Gregoire signaled her intent to convene a special session of the Legislature to address the $1.2 billion shortfall in the current budget.

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Center Plate – Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Alerts Reminder: WRA offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday In observance of Thanksgiving, the WRA offices in Olympia will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Operations will