Here is a list of bills that are scheduled for a Floor vote in the next week. We would encourage you to reach out to your representative and let them know your thoughts. You can easily do so through the ABC Action App.
If the alarms were not going off yet, they are now! This week the Washington State Legislature moved many bills forward in the legislative process that would negatively impact employers and raise the burden on Washington taxpayers.
We are 6 weeks through the session and past the first cut-off. We now have a clearer picture of the legislature's priorities and unfortunately, employers are not being taken into consideration. We can still influence and educate elected officials, but we need you to act! With this being a virtual session, members of the corresponding committee receive a report with the number of individuals signed up in support or opposition, a copy of all written testimony, and all virtual testimony is archived on TVW.
Please reach out to me if you would like to help in this fight. My email is Sophia@abcwestwa.org or sign up for the ABC Action App to receive real-time opportunities to engage with your elected representative on legislation that could impact you.
Week 5 of the legislative session has ended, which means only 10 weeks left! This Monday is the first legislative cut off which means many bills will "die" in committee and not be up for further consideration. This is great news because it will give us a better idea of what bills have a real chance of moving forward and potentially getting signed into law. ABC will be focused on educating elected officials on the potential consequences these bills will have on employers who are still struggling from COVID-19.
Week 4 of the Washington State Legislature was packed with action. SB 5061 - Concerning unemployment insurance passed both chambers and was sent to Governor Inslee’s desk to be signed into law. This bill will reduce the current unemployment trust fund tax increases that would hurt businesses still recovering from COVID-19. While this legislation will limit the increases in the short term, it does not address the real issues with the Unemployment Insurance trust fund for future unemployment benefit payments. Check out this article from the Washington Policy Center for more information.
Week 3 of the Washington State Legislature has commenced, and this week included the first round of floor votes. One vote to note is SB 5061 - Concerning unemployment insurance. When this bill was first introduced, we had serious concerns about the negative impact it would have on members still recovering from the COVID-19 economic hardships. We were told that this legislation would have substantial changes that would limit the burden on employers. While some of these changes were made, it is not a perfect bill and we will need to continue to monitor the rebuilding of the unemployment insurance trust fund.
Week two of the Legislative session has commenced and they got right to work! Here is a recap of what happened in the State Legislature this week and what ABC is doing on your behalf.
ABC of Western Washington’s core purpose is to advance and defend the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed. If you would like more information on these pieces of legislation or have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be sending out weekly wrap-up emails letting you know what happened in Olympia during the week, and how it may be of interest to you and your business. If you have any questions, frustrations, or want to discuss things further, please feel free to reach out to me. I am here to fight on your behalf and make sure your voice is being represented before our lawmakers.
On Monday, January 11th, the legislature voted to hold an entirely remote session and conduct all hearings virtually. This means there is less transparency in the legislative process and given the democrat majority in both the House and Senate, it is more difficult to stop bills from passing. However, it is easier for ABC members to testify. I am more than happy to work with you to write your testimony and alleviate any other challenges involved in this process.
We are living in very stressful and anxious times and many people are using alcohol to help cope with their feelings. You might have started drinking more during this pandemic for various reasons such as boredom, hopelessness, stress, or to calm your anxious feelings.
We are truly disturbed by what happened in our nation’s capital last week. The physical representation of our democracy and the fundamental principles that protect the sanctity of our country was attacked. This violent showing of pure disrespect and anarchy was an unwelcomed reminder of all the work that needs to be done.
At this time we want to emphasize the core values and beliefs of ABC and embrace that which is essential to the health and well-being of our country, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation.
Among some of the most critical wins that ABC advocated for in the bill are the full deductibility of PPP loans, expansion of PPP loans to 501(c)6 organizations, and extension and expansion of the employee retention tax credit.