November 14, 2016
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Washington election results show few major changes in statewide leadership

America will have Donald Trump as president, but Washington state saw no Trump effect -- in fact, the state is slightly bluer than before, The News Tribune reports. Overall, the results for employers are mixed. The Auburn Reporter carried AWB's post-election press release.

Still, the overall balance of power in Olympia is unchanged. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee won reelection to a second term over Republican Bill Bryant.

Split control of the statehouse is expected to continue.

Republicans and conservative Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon are projected to still control the Senate, albeit by a smaller margin.

Democrats are projected to keep control of the House, again with a small margin.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, won reelection with 54 percent of the vote, defeating former Microsoft manager Tina Podlodowski, a Democrat.

"In the face of the most money ever spent on a Washington Secretary of State race, and in the crosshairs of one of the most negative campaigns ever run for this office, we held firm," Wyman said about her victory. "We proved that running a positive, issues-driven campaign still works. We proved that integrity and fairness do matter in our elections."

Seattle environmental attorney Hillary Franz won the race for commissioner of public lands, with 54 percent of the vote against retired naval officer Steve McLaughlin. The office oversees 5.6 million acres of state land and logging that generates hundreds of millions of dollars for public school construction.

Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy, a Democrat, won her race for state auditor against Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way. Miloscia will remain in the state Senate.

Rep. Chris Reykdahl, D-Tumwater, appears to have defeated Erin Jones in the race for superintedent of public instruction, a nonpartisan race. However, there are still thousands of ballots to process and just over 30,000 votes separate them.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler easily won reelection to a fifth term, winning 59 percent of the vote against Republican Richard Schrock, a Snohomish County fire commissioner. Kreidler told The Puget Sound Business Journal he will be looking closesly at how the incoming Trump administration could change the Affordable Care Act, and what those changes would mean in Washington. To learn more about health insurance issues after the election, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Sheri Nelson.

Voters rejected Initiative 1464, which would have imposed sales tax on out-of-state shoppers to partially fund taxpayer-financed elections. AWB opposed that initiative.

Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, and longtime Olympia business lobbyist Steve Gano discussed the vote last Wednesday, the morning after the election. The full video is online.

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With Seattle's adoption of new scheduling ordinance that restricts how employers can schedule shifts, employers and employees should keep a close eye on the unintended consequences of the nearly 50-pages of regulations, including a loss of flexibility for part-time workers, and even the loss of some part-time jobs and the benefits that come with them.

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