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Seattle City Council repeals controversial tax on jobs

(Seattle, June 14, 2018) In a surprising move, the Seattle City Council voted on Tuesday, June 12, to repeal the tax on jobs it unanimously passed less than a month ago. The controversial tax would have required high-grossing Seattle businesses to pay $275 per FTE starting in 2019, and the revenue raised would have added $45 […]

$50 million tax on jobs is approved by Seattle City Council

(Seattle, May 14, 2018) This afternoon, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of taxing jobs at businesses with more than $20 million in annual taxable gross receipts in Seattle. This new revenue will be added to existing city spending on affordable housing and homelessness. The legislation, passed in a 9-to-0 vote, differs in […]

Press Release: Seattle Hotel Association’s Evening of Hope Gala raises over $940,000 benefiting Mary’s Place

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Allan Aquila Phone (206) 948-1997 allanaquila@gmail.com   SEATTLE HOTEL ASSOCIATION’S EVENING OF HOPE GALA RAISES OVER $940,000 BENEFITING MARY’S PLACE   Seattle, Washington (Feb. 6, 2018) — The Seattle Hotel Association’s 21st “Evening of Hope” gala held on Feb. 3 was a show-stopping affair with feverish bidding and an amazing raise the […]

Seattle hotel industry supports new short-term rental legislation

SEATTLE (Dec. 11, 2017) – The Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) supports the short-term rental legislation passed today by the Seattle City Council, completing the package of ordinances that will govern rentals on platforms like Airbnb. SHA has supported short-term rental regulations since the inception of this form of overnight accommodations. The new legislation establishes safety, […]

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Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jillian Henze, Local Communications Manager, 360-956-7279 ext. 124, jillianh@wahospitality.org Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay SEATTLE (JUNE 19, 2017) – The Seattle restaurant and hotel community has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city […]

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Seattle Times Editorial Board Urges NO on I-124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jillian Henze, local communications manager | 360-956-7279 ext. 124 jillianh@wahospitality.org In Case You Missed It: Seattle Times Editorial Board Urges NO on I-124 The Seattle Times Editorial Board is urging voters to oppose I-124, a flawed initiative drafted in isolation and riddled with legal liabilities. “Seattle ballot Initiative 124 is […]

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Initiative 124 Update

Seattle hotels care deeply about ensuring a safe, healthy and supportive work environment for all our employees and work collaboratively as a team to address these issues. Seattle hotels are 100 percent committed to a protecting our employees every day. We are concerned about some overreaching elements of Initiative 124. For example, this measure would mean […]

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A note from our partner – Seattle Restaurant Alliance

Today, we’re sharing some news from our partners at the Seattle Restaurant Alliance. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jillian Henze, Local Communications Manager, jillianh@warestaurant.org, 360-956-7279 ext. 124 July 18, 2016 Seattle restaurant workers are highly satisfied at work; new scheduling policies are not their priority SEATTLE – The majority of the Seattle restaurant workforce is […]