Policy Matters

Washington State

Governor Inslee Names State’s Life Science Sector Lead

Voters Rejected Initiative 522

2014 WBBA Policy Priorities

Preserving Industry Tax Credit Incentives

WBBA’s 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia: Be there! – January 30, 2014

Governor Inslee Delivers Keynote at Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting

WBBA Ninth Annual Golf Tournament – Dollars for BIOPAC

Make an Investment in Supportive Public Policy

Federal

Sequestered FDA User Fees

Advocacy for WBBA Members- Add Your Voice

Washington State

Governor Inslee Names State’s Life Science Sector Lead

Maura Little has been named Life Science Sector Lead for Washington state.  The creation of such a position has been a policy priority for WBBA for a number of years. We are cheered that Governor Inslee has acted to create that position.

Voters Rejected Initiative 522

For the second time in its history, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association board took a position on a state initiative when it voted to oppose Initiative 522.  Voters of Washington State agreed with that position when they voted.

The anti-science initiative would have provided consumers with inaccurate and misleading information about the foods they buy. WBBA supports truthful and non-misleading consumer information. To require the labeling of foods that are indistinguishable from foods produced through traditional methods would mislead consumers by falsely implying differences where none exist.

Preserving Industry Tax Credit Incentives

The B&O R&D Tax Credits and the Sales/Use Tax Deferrals expire at the end of 2014.  The credits were first enacted in 1994 and renewed in 2010. Now faced with a different political and fiscal landscape in Washington, the renewal of the credits is not assured.  The competition among states is fierce as represented in a Competitive Landscape of State Life Science Incentives. Our top priority will be focused on renewing the tax credits. Washington needs to continue a favorable business climate to retain, recruit and grow the life sciences in Washington.  Please help the cause! If WBBA asks you for your tax story, share it and when we call on your to reach out to legislators, please answer the call. For additional ways you can help, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).

WBBA’s 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia: Be there! – January 30, 2014

Join us for WBBA's 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia 2014. This day in our state’s capitol is an opportunity to attend a briefing on WBBA’s public policy priorities, prior to meeting with legislators over lunch and educating them on the work you are doing and the importance of the life sciences in Washington and the fight for better healthcare for our citizens. Your participation is critical in bringing our messages to Olympia. Thank you to our Pinnacle Sponsor, Amgen

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

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Governor Inslee Delivers Keynote at Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting

In October, Governor Inslee keynoted his first Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting. He had addressed the event previously as a Congressman. Thank you to all who attended this annual event – nine years in the running!  Governor Inslee offered some energizing words and news about the life sciences industry and its importance to the economy and communities of Washington State.  Check out our photos from the event on Facebook!

WBBA Ninth Annual Golf Tournament – Dollars for BIOPAC


Who said raising money for BIOPAC, WBBA’s nonpartisan political action committee couldn’t be fun? More than 100 golfers joined us on September 9 at Fairwood Golf & Country Club for sunshine, golf, silliness and excellent food and drink. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: PremierWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Lunch: BioMed Realty; Tee-Gift and Skilled Hole: Fenwick & West LLP; Beverage Cart: BNBuilders, Inc.;  Golf Carts: Skanska; 150-Yard Markers: Bernston Porter & Company;  Putting Green:  Alexandria Real Estate; Skilled Holes: Commissioning Agents, Inc., Lease Crutcher Lewis, Turner Construction and Wells Fargo Insurance Services; Holes: Kelley Imaging Systems, KP Corporation and SNBL USA; Soldiers Sponsors: DoubleShoe Farrier Services and OpenSquare

Make an Investment in Supportive Public Policy

 BIOPAC is WBBA's non partisan political action committee. Contributions to BIOPAC help increase the life science sector’s voice in Washington State government through education, information and support for candidates who promote the development of products and devices that save lives and improve the quality of life for millions of individuals here in Washington and around the world. A contribution to BIOPAC is an investment in the industry’s future. To contribute online, complete our BIOPAC Contribution Form.

Federal

Sequestered FDA User Fees

WBBA joined 32 other life science associations in signing a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairs of the Bipartisan Budget Committee tasked with cutting a new budget deal by December 13.  The joint letter urges the Committee to permanently exempt Fiscal Year 2014 and future FDA user fees from sequestration in any forthcoming budget agreement. Read the letter here.

Add Your Voice

Advocacy is a powerful tool. WBBA’s strong, active Government Affairs Council works diligently to ensure a vigorous life science community here in Washington. Grassroots action can make all the difference on certain policy issues at every level of government. During the 2014 state session, we will be working to renew the R&D B&O Tax Credits as well as the Sales/Use Deferral Credits.  Grassroots efforts will be a critical part of our effort to renew the credits. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).

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