As we set our sights for the new year, we are happy to share our 2020 Policy Agenda
, urging lawmakers to:
- Deliver a supplemental budget that is sustainable, maintains healthy reserves, limits spending growth, and is supported by tax policy that is predictable and supports economic growth for all.
- Protect 2015 Connecting Washington investments dedicated to asset preservation
and maintenance and improvements in key economic corridors. Further degradation of the
state’s highway and bridge systems in response to funding cuts required by Initiative 976 will
significantly compromise safe and efficient movement of people and goods and undermine
- Support policies that promote economic development and job growth, particularly in
- Drive progress toward the 70 percent credential attainment goal for Washington
Thank you to all Roundtable board members who contributed to the development of this agenda. We look forward to working together with state leaders to make Washington a better place to live, work, and do business. Click here to read our full 2020 Policy Agenda, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for updates throughout the legislative session.
In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. Excited to share great stories from Washington employers!
PEMCO and American Red Cross Teach Emergency Preparedness Curriculum in Local Schools
PEMCO Mutual Insurance and the American Red Cross are once again partnering to bring safety and emergency preparedness training to hundreds of elementary school students in Seattle and Spokane through PEMCO’s “Safety Surge” initiative. The organizations will teach the Red Cross Pillowcase Project curriculum to more than 550 students, grades 3-5, in select public schools throughout November and will help youth mentally and physically prepare for emergencies, including home fires, winter storms and earthquakes. “In an emergency, everyone’s actions can have an impact, which is why we’ve repeatedly partnered with the Red Cross to be a force for good for youth in our communities,” said PEMCO CEO Stan McNaughton. Read more here.
Virginia Mason Nationally Recognized for Patient Safety
Virginia Mason received another ‘A’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Program, remaining one of the few hospitals in the nation to have earned an ‘A’ in every grading cycle since the program began in 2012. “Safety is the foundation for quality,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This recognition by Leapfrog affirms that our team is focused on the right work and making a significant difference in the lives of our patients.” Virginia Mason is one of just 36 hospitals in the United States – and the only hospital in Washington state – to have earned straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group, an independent organization advocating for improvements in health care safety and quality. Learn more here.