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Issue Position: Supporting Small Business and Farms

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Mary Margaret knows we must support our local economy so we can preserve our strong rural character. Supporting working farms and small businesses will mean new jobs, allows our communities to grow and preserves our unique way of life.

HELPING BUSINESSES AND UNEMPLOYED WORKERS
Mary Margaret passed legislation that provides $300 million in permanent tax relief to businesses in Washington, extend unemployment benefits for 70,000 unemployed workers through federal funds, expand the state's Training Benefit Program and temporarily increase newly unemployed workers' weekly benefits by $25. She will always work to find a balanced approach to growing our economy.

REDUCING WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS
With bi-partisan support Mary Margaret passed a bill that would reduce the costs of workers' compensation by creating a voluntary settlement option for injured workers to settle claims with a lump sum payment. The legislation had the support of business and workers and was a smart reform help our local businesses.

SUPPORTING COTTAGE INDUSTRIES
Mary Margaret passed a new law to allow farms and households to be permitted to sell food that they prepare in their home kitchens. Until now, that practice has been limited to commercial operations that are permitted and inspected regularly to ensure they meet health standards. The bill exempts foods that would not be potentially hazardous and lays out the labeling requirements so that purchasers will know what they're buying.

HELPING FARMERS MITIGATE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS
With the help of stakeholders Mary Margaret passed legislation that will create a statewide advisory committee where farmers and environmentalists can meet to voluntarily resolve problems in critical areas. The bill will help us protect sensitive agricultural areas, improve the long-term viability of agriculture in Washington, and minimize the development of our precious farmlands for other uses.


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