2015 NFIB/Washington Media Coverage

Date: December 31, 2015 Last Edit: March 01, 2016

Below is a sampling of media stories about NFIB during 2015.


Puget Sound Business Journal, December 24—State Director Patrick Connor comments on the lack of bidders to build a new health-care database aimed at allowing consumers to shop and compare prices for medical care.

Maple Valley Reporter, November 27—NFIB news release on Small Business Saturday re-printed in newspaper also circulated in Covington and Black Diamond.

Seattle Times, October 17—NFIB comments on Initiative 1366, which would limit state expenditures.

Daily Sun News, October 15—NFIB opposes new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule submitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Star, Grand Coulee, September 30—State Director Patrick Connor gives advice to the young seeking their first job.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle, September 17—NFIB and Washington state’s attorney general team up to offer small-business owners advice on adding surcharges to make up for rises in the minimum-wage rate.

Seattle Business, August 14—NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg’s research is cited in story on Washington state’s economy.

Freedom Daily, July 27—Host Jeff Rhodes interviews State Director Patrick Connor about the 2015 session of the Washington Legislature.

Healthcare Payer News, May 18—More coverage of NFIB’s participation in the creation of an All-Payer Claims Database. ” ‘Businesses and consumers will now have access to meaningful cost and quality information to make informed healthcare decisions, said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.’ “

Seattle Times, May 14—State Director Patrick Connor’s remarks from a news conference with Gov. Jay Inselee on the signing of a bill creating an All-Payer Claims Database is reported throughout the entire state May 14 and May 15. A sample of the coverage includes stories in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Business Magazine, Bellevue Business Journal, KUOW-FM NPR, TVWashington (Connor speaks at 4 minutes, 20 seconds into video below), and PR Newswire. The complete story, along with a video of the news conference, can be found on the NFIB/Washington web page here.

TVW, May 13—House Finance Committee Chairman Reuven Carlyle praises NFIB’s contribution on the issue of an excise tax on capital gains. State Director Patrick Connor’s testimony begins at 1 hour, 9 minutes, 39 seconds (1:09:39) in the video below; Chairman Carlyle’s compliment at 1 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds (1:11:17). “Let me just give a shout out Patrick … You really were the only business opposition that has come forward with some sort of language and some specific suggestions in articulating your points in a bit more detail, so that’s appreciated.”

Everett Herald, May 10—Maxford Nelsen, labor policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, and State Director Patrick Connor pen a joint guest editorial on the failure of Initiative 688 on the minimum wage.

The Columbian, April 12—State Rep. Liz Pike cites NFIB data in an editorial against Gov. Jay Inslee’s low-carbon fuel plan.

The Spokesman-Review, March 31—State Director Patrick Connor testifies in a Senate committee against raising the minimum-wage rate.

Bellevue Business Journal, March 30—NFIB research on job loss if minimum-wage proposal is passed by Legislature is reported on.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 30—Reporter Joel Connelly writes on the many considerations and ramifications going on the behind the scenes on the minimum-wage bill and inadvertently exposes how little some people know about who earns it.

Business Examiner, March 26—NFIB’s advertising campaign against Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax covered in article.

Business Examiner, March 2—Poll results from NFIB’s annual balloting of its Washington state membership mentioned in article.

Skagit Herald, February 21—State Director Patrick Connor warns a legislative committee that a bill making tax breaks more transparent could also open business owners up to other informational mischief.
Washington House Republicans website, February 18—State Director Patrick Connor quoted in support of Rep. Drew MacEwen’s House Bill 2150, which would change the “preference-ridden” Business & Occupations Tax.

Columbia Basin Herald, February 12—Report on NFIB’s annual Small Business Day at the Capitol.

State of Reform website, January 30—In a news release issued by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor is quoted on the need for cost transparency in medical procedures. (The website is run by a public affairs firm specializing in health-care policy)
Tacoma News Tribune, January 26—Employers and employees working together are better able to come up with a sick leave plan, instead of having House Bill 1356 run them over, said State Director Patrick Connor to the media. Story also ran in The Olympian.
Washington State Wire, January 7—NFIB’s Twitter account is one of the three most important business ones to follow for information on state politics, reports the online news publication.

Click here to read the 2014 media coverage.



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