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February WA Legislative Session Update

February 20, 2019 David Streeter

Washington Nonprofits has been hard at work staying on top of the 2019 legislative session. As of writing this, we are coming up on the first major cutoff deadline in the session calendar, in which all bills must clear their original committee or be frozen until next year. Below is a summary of some key items Washington Nonprofits has been working on. Be sure to register for our upcoming Public Policy Advisory Call in March 7th to discuss these items and get the latest policy information. HB 1808- Making the Nonprofit and Library Fundraising Exemption Permanent Washington Nonprofits is supporting HB 1808, […]

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Help Prevent the Next Federal Government Shutdown

February 5, 2019 David Streeter

The 35-day federal government shutdown caused widespread disruptions in the lives of millions of people. Fortunately, our nonprofits were there to address problems, maintain well-being, and help communities. However, we also understand that the effects of the shutdown will be with us for some time, and many people and organizations will not recover soon.  The threat of another shutdown is very real. Unless federal elected officials can negotiate an agreement by February 15, then the disruptions and harm caused before will be compounded by yet another shutdown.  Washington Nonprofits, in collaboration with organizations across the country, has a very clear […]

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How to Help End the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019 David Streeter

With the federal government shutdown stretching beyond 30 days, the impact on our communities is significant. Some nonprofits are experiencing increased demand for services, delayed funds for programs or projects, or clients losing benefits. Supports like food stamps and Section 8 vouchers are at risk as the pipeline of funding runs dry. I probably don’t have to tell you that most nonprofits do not have substantial reserves that would allow them to continue to operate for an extended period without the payments they receive from federal sources. There are two ways you can help end the shutdown: tell your story and […]

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New Year, New Policy Environment

January 14, 2019 David Streeter

Welcome to 2019! We’re only half way through January and there are already key developments and challenges impacting nonprofits at the federal and state government levels.  At the federal level, Democrats re-took control of the House of Representatives, leaving the federal government divided between the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate and White House. Currently, the federal government is shut down due to lawmakers’ inability to compromise on a funding package at the end of 2018. As of writing this, it is uncertain when the shut down will end. We know that federal workers and nonprofits across our country are impacted […]

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Washington Nonprofits Public Policy Agenda for 2019

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

We are excited to share our 2019-2020 Public Policy Principles and Platformwith you. Our document was developed with input from our Public Policy Committee and our Board and is intended to complement the platform developed by the National Council of Nonprofits. The document we developed will guide our work during the upcoming legislative session. As the state’s nonprofit association, we make sure that nonprofits have what they need to succeed. In terms of our 2019-20 legislative agenda that means building an environment that supports the nonprofits that support our communities. We plan to operationalize this agenda through a framework with […]

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New Report Shows Nonprofit View on Overtime Pay Rule Making

December 17, 2018 David Streeter

Thank you very much to the 400+ nonprofits from across Washington State that participated in our survey designed to assess the impact of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ overtime pay proposal.  We are pleased to share the full report summary with you as well as our new position paper on the topic. The Department of Labor & Industries extended its deadline for commenting to December 31, 2018. If you are able to, please submit a comment to their engagement site before the deadline. There is no set format for commenting; just share your organization’s view on the proposal […]

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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal New Nonprofit Transit Tax

December 10, 2018 David Streeter

Repeal of New Nonprofit Transportation Tax Is Possible — But Members of Congress Need to Hear from Nonprofits Now! Leaders in Washington, DC representing charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations have convinced most lawmakers that the new 21-percent unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on nonprofits for transportation benefits expenses, like transit passes and parking, should be repealed. Indeed, even the House tax-writing committee chair who put this new unfair and burdensome tax into the 2017 law is now saying it ought to be eliminated. BUT, that’s not enough. Your Representatives and Senators need to hear from you and other nonprofits – immediately – if […]

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ACTION ALERT: Significant change to labor law under review

November 26, 2018 David Streeter

Do you have salaried staff making under $70,000 per year?  The state is proposing a change that affects how you do business.  Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries released a new draft proposal that could make any employee earning under $70,200 per year entitled to overtime pay. Read on to learn more. Additionally, please make sure to share this with your nonprofit’s finance and budgeting staff. According to the Department’s latest pre-draft overtime pay rules, Washington State’s overtime pay exemption threshold could be set at 2X or 2.5X the state minimum wage beginning January 1, 2020. This effectively means the […]

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New Overtime Pay Rules May Be Coming in 2019

November 14, 2018 David Streeter

Remember when the Obama administration proposed a rule that people making less than $47,500 per year had to be paid overtime? That rule got held up in court and never implemented, but now Washington State is considering raising the state overtime threshold.  If this change goes through, it will affect many nonprofit employees. Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is currently conducting rulemaking to expand overtime pay to more workers in our state. The proposed changes have the potential to impact your nonprofit’s services and employees, so now is the time to start planning for changes. There are two […]

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Overtime Pay Listening Sessions Coming to Seattle, Yakima, and Vancouver

November 7, 2018 David Streeter

Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries is engaged in rulemaking intended to expand overtime pay to workers in our state. There are two important items for consideration in the latest pre-draft rules: The current draft lists a salary range pegged at 1.5x-3x Washington State’s minimum wage ($37,440 per year-$74,880 per year) as the salary exemption threshold. The Department is proposing changes to the duty criteria for exempting an employee from overtime pay. Washington Nonprofits submitted comments to the Department in response to its latest comment round that closed October 26th that can be downloaded here. However, the Department announced that […]