Last week was another busy week filled with committee hearings on bills and some floor action in both chambers. Almost 1,500 bills have been introduced so far this session.
Washington's Paid Family Leave program took effect on January 1, 2020. Over 10,000 Washingtonians filed for benefits in the first week alone but many employers still have questions. We'll try to answer a few of them in this week's FAQ5.
The 2020 session began on Monday, January 13th. Legislators will be tackling affordable housing and homelessness, childcare accessibility, climate action, and addressing the impacts of I-976.
Bellevue, WA – The Eastside Business Alliance (EBA), sponsored by the Bellevue Chamber, has completed its rigorous election endorsement processes and released a list of 19 pro-growth candidates for local, non-partisan office on the Eastside. EBA trustees spent three months researching and interviewing 38 candidates for office.
The Bellevue Chamber today made public its opposition to I-976, the $30 car tab initiative, before a packed audience of over 150 business leaders at the Westin Bellevue. The event featured Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, who presented a detailed report on the status of Eastlink and the agency’s operations across King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
Effective transportation of employees, customers and goods is essential to sustain continued health of our state’s growing economy. The complete and timely implementation of the $16 billion Connecting Washington transportation funding package will help improve our transportation network.
The cost of liability insurance is an increasing burden on the business community. The overall economy suffers when productivity and growth are slowed by excessive litigation, which discourages risk-taking and slows the introduction of new products and technologies.
Ensure that the private health insurance market is allowed the freedom and flexibility provided in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to offer products that meet the needs of businesses and employees.
As a state, we must be prepared for anticipated growth by ensuring that there is an adequate supply of economically feasible buildable land with the infrastructure to support it.
We must reassess our environmental priorities to ensure that we are receiving the most environmental benefit in a way that truly promotes long-term job creation and prosperity. Mandates drive costs up and a blanket approach on environmental policy often creates undue or extreme hardships in local jurisdictions.