2022 WA State Legislature Sine Die Report

The 2022 Legislature came to a close last week. A few interesting things to note: HB 1099 – which added climate change to the list of items that must be addressed in the Growth Management Act plans DIED on the House floor. The conference committee amendment had a scope challenge in the Senate which delayed…

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South Sound Business Summit

Virtual Event- 7th Annual Wed, May 4, 2022 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM2 Keynote Speakers 8 Mini Sessions (Attend only the sessions you want OR attend all) Tickets: $25 General Admission ($18 Student and Veteran) SPEAKERS WILL BE LIVE AND BE RECORDED IF YOU MISS IT. Important: When placing your ticket order, make sure to select…

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2022 Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum with Alliance Northwest

2022 Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum with Alliance NorthwestThursday, March 10, 20228:00 am – 2:00 pmVirtual Event on the SWAPCARD PlatformClick Here to Register Is your business looking to create or expand a revenue stream by working with government? You’re invited to attend the virtual 2022 Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum in partnership with Alliance Northwest to…

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New Local Internship Program

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS YOUNG ADULTS EXPERIENCE, HELPS EMPLOYERS FILL STAFFING NEEDS  Tacoma, WA: A new jobs program for young adults aims to offer valuable work experience while aiding local businesses with staffing needs. Hire Pierce County: Next Gen pays interns $15 an hour for 20 hours a week for up to 16 weeks of work.…

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Judges needed for FBLA

The FME Chamber is a strong supporter of the Fife FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) program. We invite you to take advantage of a fun opportunity to participate as a judge for the FBLA Puget Sound Region Winter Conference on Saturday, February 5th. FBLA PUGET SOUND REGION WINTER CONFERENCEThe Puget Sound (PS) Future Business…

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Save the date: Voice of the business community needed Jan. 18 and 19

Please join the FME Chamber for our 2022 Legislative Day and Hill Climb on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19. This hybrid event offers a unique opportunity to connect with our state legislators and agency officials, made possible thanks to our partnership with the Association of Washington Business Grassroots Alliance. The agenda includes 15-minute…

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Collecting Payroll Tax? (Updated)

Should I be collecting the payroll tax for WA Cares starting next week? That’s a question many employers are pondering. This is an important status update on Washington’s new long-term care program known as WA Cares from AWB (Association of Washington Business). Two weeks ago, Gov. Inslee and state legislative leaders released a statement saying they…

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Build Back Better Act

The Build Back Better Act would do things that few could argue is good for many Americans.  Insulin costs would come down. Child tax credits would mean fewer kids go hungry. Health care access would be expanded. It doesn’t seem as if Build Back Better Act will pass the senate before the holidays and it…

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Delay in WA Cares payroll tax?

Inslee is looking at the possibility of a delay in WA Cares payroll tax set to be implemented in January. Many have complained about the program that unquestionably has issues and the governor is looking at pushing the pause button. He says that he does not have the power to make this decision himself, but…

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Current State – Vaccine Mandate

The current state of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate has some breathing a sigh of relief and others worrying about Covid spread. Regardless of one’s feelings about vaccination, the courts have made it clear that OSHA may be overstepping. The courts have ordered OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court…

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Vaccine Mandate Pause

Federal Courts are siding with opponents of the vaccine mandate and have put a pause on it. While the White House is asking businesses to continue to prepare for the mandate, set to begin in January, Federal Courts have other ideas. “Fatally flawed” is how the courts are describing it. That’s due, in part, to…

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Supply Chain and the Port

Understanding how the supply chain and the Port go together is a complex topic during the pandemic. Sean Eagan, of the Port of Tacoma shared this infographic with us to show the big picture.

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Federal Vaccine Mandate

Do you have questions about the Federal Vaccine Mandate that goes into effect in January for businesses with 100+ employees? You are not alone! Questions abound. A few examples include: Who counts in that 100 employee number? FTE only or part time employees too? (It’s both.) What if the business is a franchise? What about…

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Pierce Transit Seeking Advisory Members

Pierce Transit is seeking new advisory members for its volunteer Community Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG). CTAG provides a forum for interactive discussions that encourages community stakeholder input. It creates a two-way conduit to inform and get information out to the public. And it represents the interests of the community and assists staff and the Board…

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Seeking CTE Advisory Committee

Fife School District has a great CTE program and they are seeking community members to be on their advisory committee. The committee meets twice a year to discuss Career and Technical Education. The committee will help act as a sounding board for CTE programs in the schools. They are looking for people with an interest…

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Minimum Wage and Salaries

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced increases in minimum wage for Washington. The current minimum wage of $13.69 will increase by 80 cents, making the state minimum wage $14.49 per hour, effective as of January 1, 2022. This is a 5.8% increase, and is more than 4 times the increase in 2021, when…

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