2018 Challenges in the Washington State Legislature

Date: May 18, 2017

Labor unions threatening ballot initiative if legislation fails.

The Washington State Legislature convenes the second half of its 65th session on Jan. 8, 2018. Two issues, in particular, are expected are expected to resurface almost immediately, which NFIB will be working against.

Paid Family and Medical Leave
Big Labor and progressive groups are threatening to run an initiative if business groups refuse to “compromise” on legislation creating a new paid leave program this year. The plan could cost small business 1 percent of payroll annually. NFIB is one of the only business groups opposed to any deal that forces small employers to participate, or that taxes them to pay for it.

Tax Increases
The Legislature still has not approved a budget or tax package to fully fund education as required by the State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. NFIB has repeatedly testified against bills to increase B&O taxes, remove the out-of-state purchasers’ sales tax exemption, increase real estate excise taxes, or establish either a capital gains or carbon tax, costing you hundreds, if not thousands more, in taxes each year.

Related Content: Issues | Labor | Paid Leave | Taxes | Washington

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