September 23, 2019
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Starbucks managers focus on community and social impact at largest-ever leadership conference

The largest employee event in the history of Starbucks kicked off with a community service expo at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the company reports in its Starbucks Stories and News.

More than 12,000 store managers and field leaders gathered for the three-day Starbucks Leadership Experience.

“At this transformative time for the company, we must continue to have the wisdom to honor our heritage and stay true to our mission and values, while at the same time have the courage to boldly reimagine the future of Starbucks,” CEO Kevin Johnson said.

Conference attendees focused on partner development, customer service, mental health awareness and more. They also focused on the Starbucks story, “following the journey of coffee and Starbucks from bean to cup,” the company reported.

An estimated 11 million U.S. and Canadian customers were served each day the store managers were at the conference, the company reports. Those 10,000 store managers have an average tenure of 7.5 years, and the total learning from the leadership sessions will come to more than 60,000 hours. About one third of the partners attended the last leadership conference in 2012.

Chicago was home to the first Starbucks store outside of Seattle, which opened on Oct. 19, 1987. Today, there are more than 130 Starbucks stores in the Chicago market, including five Starbucks Reserve coffee bars and 18 locations at O’Hare International Airport.



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Arguments Against a State Income Tax


An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald