Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Republicans have long been the champions of small business owners. We need these businesses to succeed. Denying the rights of independent contractors or sole proprietors to manage their own businesses is not good for the people of Washington or the economy.
Unfortunately, small independent business owners in our state are
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be forced out of being an owner-stylist,” was one of several statements heard in the Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce several days ago when hairstylists came from across the state to protest a bill that endangered their livelihood.
Thankfully, after hearing from hundreds of cosmetologists, the sponsor of the bill withdrew it. However, other bills that could do as much, if not more, damage are still under consideration at the Legislature.
The so-called “Universal Workers Act” authored by SEIU 775 and sponsored by House and Senate Democrats would restrict many small businesses currently classified as independent contractors from operating and managing their own business.
Under those bills, independent contractors
The proposals call for the state to set “base wage rates” and create a “workers board” that would determine benefits, working conditions
It's difficult to believe
Join us tonight for a telephone town hall
Please join Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, and I tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 12, for a telephone town hall meeting. We will be discussing this and several other public policy topics being debated at the state Capitol.
The telephone town hall meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Many 14th District residents will receive an invitation by phone just before the call begins. To call-in simply dial (509) 404-3052.
Telephone town halls are much like a radio call-in program. To ask a question, callers can press the STAR * key on their telephone keypads. When your turn comes up, you will be “live” and can ask us any of your questions.
If you have any questions about how to participate, please do not hesitate to give me a call. My contact information is listed below.
Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia!