Washington state: Governor says WC reform on agenda for coming year
In a recent speech at the 3rd annual Governor's Aerospace Summit in Spokane, Wash., Gregoire said she intends to put workers' comp reform on her agenda for the coming year. Although she didn't offer any specific details about her plans, Gregoire said the state can only address the issues in workers' comp if business, labor and lawmakers collaborate to find common ground.
"I am committed to finding solutions that truly improve our system, helping workers and employers alike," she said.
Employers have been alarmed by rising costs in the Washington state comp system. The Department of Labor and Industries recently proposed a 7.6 percent average increase in premiums for 2010. Judy Schurke, director of the DL&I, said there are three big factors related to the economy that are impacting rates -- reduced investment returns, fewer premiums because of reduced hours worked, and fewer jobs. Several groups, including the Association of Washington Business, have called on the governor and the Legislature to pursue major reforms to lower costs.
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October 19, 2009
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