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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 2021 Priority Issues

Taxes & Tax Reform

WFIA supports continued discussions regarding Washington’s current taxation policies and any discussions on reforms but opposes implementation of a capital gains tax or increasing business & occupation tax.

Unemployment Insurance

WFIA supports proposals for the unemployment insurance system (UI) that will mitigate the impact on employers. In addition, WFIA supports proposals that will provide an influx of dollars into the UI trust fund to avoid the need for federal loans or solvency taxes and to reduce the impact of the social taxes. WFIA opposes proposals seeking to expand or add benefits due to the volatility of the unemployment system at this time.

Workers Compensation/Employment Law

WFIA supports proposals that seek to reduce overall costs in the workers’ compensation system, proposals that seek to adjust the wage calculations that drive increases in employee payroll costs, and using workers compensation’ benefits funds for the intended purpose.

Price Gouging

WFIA supports any price gouging legislation that focuses on protecting the public for essential goods and services while allowing for the consideration of the seller’s increased wholesale, input and other costs that would result in the higher price for the goods.

Limited Spirit Retail License

WFIA supports the creation of a new spirits license which will allow stores less than 10,000 square feet to sell spirits as long as the stores meet certain criteria.

Carbon

WFIA opposes the imposition of carbon pricing/taxes, low carbon fuel standards, and other laws or rules about carbon reduction. WFIA supports continued discussions regarding carbon reduction policies, the impact consumers and the grocery and convenience store industries, and incentives to reduce businesses’ carbon footprint.

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.

Bottle Bill/Deposit Return Systems

WFIA opposes adoptions of deposit return systems for beverage containers, also known as bottle bills. The bottle bill theory is an antiquated idea, which has shown very little, if any, improvement in reducing plastic waste in our waste streams or benefiting the environment.

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