Washington voters rejected an initiative that would have privatized workers' compensation insurance.
With more than half of the expected vote counted in Tuesday’s election, Initiative 1082 was being defeated by more than 16 points, with 58 percent of voters saying no.
I-1082 was a businessbacked initiative that sought to take away the state monopoly on workers’ compensation insurance.
The campaign for Initiative 1082 was part of a longrunning political battle between the Building Industry Association of Washington and the state Department of Labor and Industries, which runs the state’s workers’ compensation system.
Initiative supporters argued competition could reduce costs for employers in uncertain economic times.
Kris Tefft of the Association of Washington Business said the results were disappointing and that business groups would try to reform workers’ comp through the Legislature next year.