WFIA represents the grocery and convenience store industries. Our issues are very broad yet unique. Some of our issues include labor, transportation, food waste, sustainability, and taxes.
The association advocates the interests of the independent grocery and convenience store industries on state legislative and regulatory issues that could significantly impact the business operations of our retailer and wholesaler member companies. Our strength is in our members and WFIA represents unique and diverse members in every corner of the state.
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WFIA 2020 Priority Issues
Retail Theft: WFIA supports amending the definition of theft to include the act of concealment of the property with the intent to deprive another person of its use and benefit. This allows store personnel or law enforcement to stop a person inside the store who is concealing an item in store with the intent to remove the item from the store without paying. Currently, loss prevention personnel must wait until the person leaves the store which has led to violent interactions in addition to an inability to stop the loss.
- Plastic Bags Ban: WFIA supports a statewide plastic bag ban as long as state law prevails over local law and there is a fee of at least $0.08 per paper bag. Additionally, the technical specifications of the bags must be industry standards and must include the allowance of reusable/recyclable, thicker plastic bags.
- Secure Scheduling: WFIA opposes bills that would impose secure scheduling or predictive scheduling on retailers. These proposals would significantly impact costs for WFIA members based on experience in Seattle. Increasing costs for independent grocers results in increasing food costs for Washington’s citizens and puts unnecessary strains on many communities around the state. The proposals also decrease the flexibility in scheduling that many of our employees need to pursue additional schooling or take care of their families.
- Carbon Reduction: WFIA opposes the imposition of carbon pricing/taxes, low carbon fuel standards, or other laws or rules that impose additional costs or prices on carbon. These types of carbon reduction laws or rules increases costs for the grocery industry which relies on trucks for delivery of product and energy/electricity for refrigeration of products and safe lighting in our grocery stores.
- Capital Gains Tax: WFIA opposes creating a capital gains tax in Washington in absence of a broader discussion on taxing reform and constitutional revisions. Additionally, any capital gains tax proposal that is considered should align with the federal capital gains tax.
- Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs): WFIA supports ensuring accountability of pharmacy benefit managers and transparency for fees and other costs imposed by PBMs and ensuring oversight and enforcement by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
- Plastic Utensils: WFIA supports policies that will reduce plastic utensils as long as they provide statewide consistency and allow retailers to provide plastic utensils upon request, includingself-service bins. Additionally, any policy should include ample time to find scientifically proven and cost-effective alternatives before going into effect.