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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) thatwill mitigate the impact on employers. The UI trust fund is funded solely byemployers and the COVID pandemic UI costs were not employer driven, whichinitially resulted in increased taxes. At this time, we believe there should beno additional benefits or expand the use of unemployment benefits due to thevolatility of the unemployment system at this time.

 

Transportation Policy and Funding

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

 

Product Stewardship/Take Back Programs

WFIA supports adoption of a product stewardship manufacturerresponsibility legislative framework that creates a standard process foreffectively managing the disposal/reuse or recycling of products that causesignificant harm to the environment when handled in normal systems, withcertain provisions.

 

Alternate Fuel and Charging Stations

WFIA supports policies thatmake it easy for WFIA members to install electric vehicle (EV) and otheralternative fuel charging stations to allow our stores to grow in acost-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 orother services.
  • WFIA opposes mandatory composting untiladequate composting facilities and curbside pick-up are developed in countiesor cities at no additional cost to businesses, and consumer education programsare in place.

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