Weekly Update: Gov. Inslee Unveils New Budget Proposal

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Gov. Inslee Unveils New Budget Proposal

This week Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget proposal, including $4 billion in new taxes in the upcoming two-year cycle. This includes a 7.9 percent capital gains tax and a B&O tax increase on services. Budget proposals from both the House and Senate will also be forthcoming this legislative session. Further complicating the Legislature’s budget goals is a court order to spend an additional $3.5 billion annually on basic education. Much like the governor, legislators desperate to fill budget holes will be looking to raise taxes, remove tax breaks and reduce unnecessary spending. Keep up-to-date on this and other legislative issues during the session by subscribing to the Legislative Newsletter. Email Stephanie McManus to subscribe.


Advisory Network Video: Sandip Soli on Implementing Service Charges

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series! Sandip Soli, hospitality attorney with the Real Property Law Group, gives an overview of how you can implement service charges, put them towards employee compensation and stay compliant. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network is a free member benefit. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.


Seattle’s Four Seasons Honored by AFAR as Best U.S. Hotel

Congratulations to Seattle’s Four Seasons! The hotel was honored by AFAR magazine as the Best U.S. Hotel. AFAR complemented the hotel for its terrific views of Elliot Bay, excellent downtown location near the Seattle Art Museum, its tasteful minimalist design and an outdoor infinity pool.


Register Now for Spokane Chapter Gala: Jan. 24, 2017

Attention: Spokane Chapter members! The Spokane Chapter Gala is almost here. Mark your calendars from 5–9 p.m., Jan. 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel for a silent auction, industry awards, music and mingling. Get your tickets for $50 a person before Dec. 31. Regular ticket price is $55 per person. For more information, including discounted table pricing options, contact Robyn Bruns via email or at 208.244.0601.


Hill Climb and Taste Our Best: Feb. 6, 2017

The Washington Hospitality Association organizes Hill Climb and Taste Our Best each year. The annual event gives hoteliers and restaurant operators an opportunity to interact one-on-one with legislators. Throughout the day, members meet with lawmakers to discuss business outlooks, special challenges and to communicate the state of the hospitality industry. Later in the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together the people of the hospitality industry and legislators for a night of great food and the finest beers and wines. Save this date: Feb. 6, 2017. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


88 Keys and Daniel’s Broiler on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Ron and Sue Waling, co-owners of 88 Keys, Seattle’s unique dueling pianos and sports bar. Andy and Paul then chat with Bob Cramer, senior general manager at Daniel’s Broiler, Bellevue Place.


Eye on Hospitality: What the Hospitality Industry Should Learn from the 2016 Election

The hospitality industry needs to focus on how Trump pulled off his upset victory because, in large part, it was the Trump’s campaign’s masterful use of new digital media platforms that laid the groundwork for his win. Read more…