Weekly Update: House Proposes New Operating Budget

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House proposes $52.8 billion, two-year state operating budget

On Monday, the majority in the House of Representatives proposed a $52.8 billion-dollar state operating budget that relies on a capital gains tax, adjustments to the state Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and the state Business & Occupation tax. Your State Government Affairs team is still assessing the impacts to our industry. The Senate version of the budget is expected Friday.

For complete budget coverage, email Nicole Vukonich to subscribe to the Legislative News.

Association tip pooling campaign wins top award

The association’s Communications Department turned a surprise federal tip pooling win into an award-winning effort for its members. The team’s 2018 campaign earned the top award in the Institutional Programs category of the 2019 Public Relations Society of America Totem Awards on March 26. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Clover Island Inn gives back

Kennewick’s Clover Island Inn, located on along the Columbia River, is a great place to stay for anyone who wants to partake in the Tri-Cities sunny weather, its wineries, golf courses and relaxed atmosphere. More than that, under the leadership of Mark Blotz, its general manager, it is also serving its community providing shelter for natural disaster victims and providing meals for furloughed federal government workers. Read more.

Help Mt. Spokane students get to Washington, D.C.

The culinary arts team at Mt. Spokane High School is raising funds for its trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national ProStart competition in May. You can help by donating here or here. The students are also hosting a benefit dinner April 13. Tickets are $75 and are available by emailing the team here. You can also donate any culinary or hospitality items for a silent auction. Call 509-939-8917 for more information.

Bite of the Apprentice benefits ProStart, April 8, Seattle

Support our industry at this fundraising event held by the American Culinary Federation Washington State Chefs Association. Apprentices across the region will showcase their skills with an array of appetizers provided to guests and celebrity guest judges including Tom Douglas. Register here.

Save the date: Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament, June 11

Don’t miss the event on June 11 for the annual Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament at Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle, Spokane. Register here or become a sponsor for this event here. Proceeds benefit local ProStart programs, Feed Spokane and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.


Inhospitable to Human Trafficking training, April 5, Seattle

Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) will present a free training session, Inhospitable to Human Trafficking, from 10-11 a.m. on April 5 at the Silver Cloud Hotel—Seattle Stadium. This training will cover recognizing and preventing sex trafficking and labor trafficking and their impacts on the hotel industry. Register yourself or your employees by clicking here.

How to improve your business for $35

When it comes to your business, what can you get for $35?

  • Two dozen rolls of thermal receipt paper.
  • A 200-count pack of generic pre-packaged soap.
  • One or two wall-mounted soap dispensers.

Or you could attend a Hospitality Summit full of business-boosting education, networking and vendors who can help streamline your operations and a drink to top it all off. The choice is clear, register for a Hospitality Summit near you today and turn that $35 into a day that makes your business the best it can be.

Also, if you’re spending too much on supplies, consider checking out our partnership with Office Depot to get a break on the things you need.

Say what? Health care buzzwords defined

In episode three of United Healthcare’s 16-minute podcast, small business expert Steve Strauss defines health care buzzwords and explains how they relate to each other. Click here to listen to the podcast. Click here to read a transcript of the podcast.


ServSafe Manager

  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 16, Sysco, Kent, Registration Deadline: April 2
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 29, FSA, Everett, Registration Deadline: April 15
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., May 7, Bargreen, Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: April 23
  • May 23, 2019, 8:30AM – 2:30PM – FSA, Spokane (North Spokane), Registration Deadline: May 9
  • June 12, 2019, 8:30AM – 2:30PM – US Foods, Fife, Registration Deadline: May 29


Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)

A MAST permit is required for team members who serve alcohol, conduct tastings or manage an establishment that serves alcohol. Get yours through the education foundation.




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