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Top-notch political representation safeguards your interests

Political RepresentationDecisions are made daily in Olympia that can change the outlook for small business owners throughout Washington state. And let’s face it—small business owners don’t have time to monitor every debate, discussion and proposal that develops in the state Legislature. That’s where the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Team comes into play. While hard-working entrepreneurs are busy building and running a profitable business, our team of experienced lobbyists is influencing the decisions that ultimately will determine the success of the small business sector.

Our experience equals your protection

Any business owner in Washington state will likely agree that achieving profitability here can be quite the challenge. The threat of increased taxes, costly new mandates and rising business costs always seems to be looming large in Olympia. We understand how unsettling that is. Fortunately, our team has established legislative relationships that ultimately go a long way in protecting this industry.

Our team of public policy professionals has spent decades navigating the maze of Washington politics. Washington’s political climate is often pretty turbulent, and with more than 75 years of combined political experience, the Government Affairs Team is well acquainted with the inner workings of the decision-making process in Washington’s legislature.

Our success is your success

In previous legislative sessions, the team defended the hospitality industry from:

  • Elimination of the B&O tax credit for pop syrup taxes, and doubling of the tax
  • Increased B&O taxes on restaurants
  • New street utility taxes based on customer traffic
  • Increased benefits for unemployment insurance
  • Extension of the King County restaurant tax
  • New sick leave requirements

The team also protected our Retrospective Rating program, our members’ interests when breaches of security on credit card transactions occur, and positioned the association favorably in the emerging debate over privatizing the sale and distribution of alcohol in Washington state.

On the lookout

Each legislative session brings new challenges for protecting the industry. Already, our team is feeling out the landscape for the session and the shifting composition of the Legislature following this November’s general election.

In these times, more than ever, business operators cannot afford to ignore state politics. The team makes certain you aren’t left in the dark.