2017 NFIB/Washington Media Coverage

Date: July 09, 2017

Spreading the small-business message across the Evergreen State

Communicating the small-business agenda and message throughout Washington state is one of the top goals for NFIB. Below is a sampling of media coverage from the most recent to the beginning of 2017. This article is updated regularly.

The Seattle Times, July 16—State Director Patrick Connor points out state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s change in position on the billion-dollar surpluses of health insurance companies.

The Daily News, Longview, July 8—The new paid leave law takes choices away from workers, explains State Director Patrick Connor in this article.

KIRO-AM, Seattle, July 6—State Director Patrick Connor comments on the paid family and medical leave bill.

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, July 6—The new paid leave law is certain to make some workers very unhappy, says State Director Patrick Connor. Story also ran in The Daily World in Aberdeen. NFIB’s opposition also cited in Crosscut, an online news site.

Q13 Fox News, Seattle—State Director Patrick Connor explains NFIB’s opposition to the paid family leave law. NFIB’s position also reported by National Public Radio

Washington Policy Center, June 30—Erin Shannon, director of the center’s Small Business and Labor Reform unit, cites NFIB’s opposition to the paid family leave bill.

KING 5 News, Seattle, June 27—NFIB tweet about Regence insurance’s surplus prominently feature in story about lost coverage.

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, May 14—Further news account of NFIB and its coalition partners dropping their challenge to Initiative 1433.

The Spokesman-Review, May 14 Further coverage of NFIB’s partnership with other business associations on the Initiative 1433 lawsuit.

The Seattle Times, May 12—State Director Patrick Connor comments on why the coalition challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1433 decided not to appeal a judge’s decision.

Nisqually Valley News, May 11—NFIB’s partnership with local legislator in the drafting of House Bill 1352, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, is noted.

The Columbian, May 8—Gov. Jay Inslee signs House Bill 1352 into law. The measure, which NFIB helped draft and labeled the Small Bill of Rights Inventory, intends to make the rights small-business owners have when faced with an inspection or audit more transparent.

The Seattle Times, May 2—Judge rejects NFIB-joined lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1433. News of the rejection also ran in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The Reflector, May 2—NFIB’s testimony in favor of House Bill 1593, which Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law, is cited in a story about small-business crowdfunding for capital.

KUOW-FM 94.9, NPR, Seattle, April 24—State Director Patrick Connor explains why business groups banded together to challenge the constitutionality of Initiative 1433.

The Independent (Chewelah), April 19—State Director Patrick Connor to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner in Stevens County.

Peninsula Daily News, March 26—Story on the failure of the U.S. House to pass the American Health Care Act included NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan’s quote on small businesses’ disappointment.

TVW, March 23—NFIB/Washington Leadership Council member Kerry Cox testifies against House Bill 1855 at a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee.

TVW, March 22—Senators Lynda Wilson and Guy Palumbo mention their NFIB memberships in a segment on their Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory legislation, Senate Bill 5230.

TVW, March 22—“Let’s see if we can get ABC and NFIB on board with the bill,” Sen. Michael Baumgartner instructs supporters of House Bill 1673 before he’ll advance it in is committee.

TVW, March 15—State Director Patrick Connor testifies before the House State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee in support of Senate Bill 5230, the Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory legislation.

TVW, March 15—State Director Patrick Connor debates Ban the Box supporter Tarra Simmons on TV Washington’s public affairs show, The Impact.

The Washington Post, March 11—State Director Patrick Connor quoted in national story about challenges to minimum-wage initiative results across the country.

Puget Sound Business Journal, March 8—NFIB mentioned as one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Initiative 1433.

The Olympian, March 1—Rep. Andrew Barkis’s House Bill 1352, which he authored in partnership with NFIB, wins unanimous passage in the State House.

Capital Press, February 27—NFIB’s lawsuit challenging Initiative 1433 continues to receive wide coverage.

KONA-AM 610, February 17—State Director Patrick Connor explains why I-1433 violates the state’s constitution.

Business Examiner, February 16—NFIB named in story about business coalition seeking to have Initiative 1433 ruled unconstitutional.

TVW, February 16—Sen. Karen Kiser thanks former NFIB/Washington State Director Carolyn Logue and current State Director Patrick Connor for their work in making the senator’s pregnancy accommodation bill easier for small businesses to comply with.

TVW, February 15—Sen. Lynda Wilson dedicates her maiden speech to the entire Senate to small business and calls for passage of SB 5230, the small business bill of rights inventory legislation that NFIB helped draft.

TVW, February 10—NFIB member Kerry Cox joins State Director Patrick Connor in testifying before the House State Government, Elections and Information Technology Committee in support of the small business bill of rights, House Bill 1352.

TVW, February 8—State Director Patrick Connor informs the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee of small business’ support for Right to Work legislation.

TVW, January 31—State Director Patrick Connor apprises the Senate Health Care Committee of issues of small business concern about a proposal to extend the high-risk pool for health care.

TVW, January 30—State Director Patrick testifies for a compromise on a pregnancy accommodation bill that will make for easier small-business compliance.

TVW, January 26—NFIB member and Sen. Lynda Wilson discusses Senate Bill 5230, NFIB’s small business bill of rights inventory, before the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee. The committee also heard from NFIB member and Sen. Guy Palumbo and NFIB State Director Patrick Connor asking support for SB 5230.

TVW, January 18—State Director Patrick Connor testifies before the House Technology and Economic Development Committee on the importance of regulatory fairness for small business.

KONA Radio 610-AM, February 17—NFIB’s lawsuit asking a court to invalidate Initiative 1433 reported by the news station. State Director Patrick Connor also interviewed on air.

Business Examiner, February 16—Coverage of NFIB’s lawsuit challenging the validity of Initiative 1433.

Odessa Record, January 19—NFIB’s Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory legislation makes the news.

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