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WFIA Legislative Priorities

WFIA represents the grocery & 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.

WFIA 2022 Priority Issues

Unemployment Insurance

WFIA supports proposals for the unemployment insurance system (UI) that will mitigate the impact on employers. The UI trust fund is funded solely by employers and the COVID pandemic UI costs were not employer driven, which initially resulted in increased taxes. At this time, we believe there should be no additional benefits or expand the use of unemployment benefits due to the volatility of the unemployment system at this time.

Transportation Policy and Funding

WFIA supports a comprehensive transportation package that prioritizes based on the state’s economic needs to improve freight mobility and reduce traffic congestion if certain factors are met.

Product Stewardship/Take Back Programs

WFIA supports adoption of a product stewardship manufacturer responsibility legislative framework that creates a standard process for effectively managing the disposal/reuse or recycling of products that cause significant harm to the environment when handled in normal systems, with certain provisions.

Alternate Fuel and Charging Stations

WFIA supports policies that make it easy for WFIA members to install electric vehicle (EV) and other alternative fuel charging stations to allow our stores to grow in a cost-effective manner and enhance our customers’ experiences

Food Policies

WFIA supports common-sense, cost-effective food policies that emphasizes food safety. Certain policies areas follows:

  • WFIA supports strengthening the “GoodSamaritan Law” which would offer protection for businesses that donate food or other services.
  • WFIA opposes mandatory composting until adequate composting facilities and curbside pick-up are developed in counties or cities at no additional cost to businesses, and consumer education programs are in place.

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