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(Doug Connell's rate hearing remarks added below November 14, 2002)

(Rates BY FUND added below October 2, 2002)

September 25, 2002 (Update to news release below)

L&I adds hearings in Tacoma and Vancouver
on proposed 2003 rate increase

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries has scheduled two more public hearings, one in Tacoma and one in Vancouver, to take testimony on a proposed 40.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2003.  See revised list of hearings below.

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September 20, 2002 (Revised September 25, 2002)

L&I adds fifth public hearing to give Central Washington employers and workers an opportunity to comment on proposed 2003 rate increase

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries has scheduled a fifth public hearing, this one in Yakima, to take testimony on a proposed 40.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2003.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 31, and will be held in Region 5’s Yakima Field Services Location, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 100. The hearing was added to give farmers, orchardists, employers and workers a convenient way to comment on the proposed rate increase.

In all, five seven public hearings will be held. They are set for:

  • Spokane
    10 a.m., Oct. 28
    Labor & Industries Office, Conference Room 4
    901 N. Monroe St., Suite 100
  • Everett
    10 a.m., Oct 29
    Labor & Industries Office
    729 100th St. SE
  • Tukwila
    10 a.m., Oct. 30
    Labor & Industries Office
    12806 Gateway Dr.
  • Yakima
    10 a.m., Oct. 31
    Labor & Industries Office
    15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 100
  • Tumwater
    10 a.m., Nov. 1
    Labor & Industries Auditorium
    7273 Linderson Way SW

(Updated September 25, 2002: Two hearings added below.)

  • Tacoma
    10 a.m., Nov. 4
    Labor & Industries Office
    950 Broadway, Suite 503 (Vashon Room)
  • Vancouver
    10 a.m., Nov. 6
    Labor & Industries Office
    312 SE Stonemill Dr., Suite 120

Employers and workers who are unable to attend one any of the hearings are invited to send their comments on the rate increase to Kathryn Kimbel, manager, Employer Services, Department of Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA., 98501. You may also email your comments to her at LANZ235@lni.wa.gov. Comments are due no later than Nov. 2 8.

If adopted, this would be the workers’ compensation program’s first general rate increase in eight years. It is needed to bring premiums more in line with benefits, and to off-set recent losses in the financial markets. In recent years, earnings on investment had allowed L&I to keep its premium rates artificially low.

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For more information on the proposed rate increase please contact Robert T. Nelson, L&I Public Affairs, at 360-902-6043. 

PDF document Click here for a complete list of proposed rates by industry.  (383K)

Excel document Click here for a complete list of proposed rates by fund. (87K) (Download Excel viewer here.) (Added October 3, 2002)

PDF document Doug Connell (AD/Insurance Services) remarks at rate hearings  (111K) (Added November 14, 2002)

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