Member Opinions

It will take a third special session for the Washington State Legislature to finish its business this year. Negotiations continue on the operating budget with the centerpiece of the spending plan...

Ecology’s Nooksack Rule had been standard practice in Washington for decades. But the Futurewise lawyers didn’t like it. They wanted a new standard: that the GMA required counties to obtain evidence...

Without railroads, the world would be an altogether different place. It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the railroad for our economy, travel and culture. Everything from food, motor vehicles,...

Special to The News Tribune (June 4, 2017) For years, school districts, stakeholders, and lawmakers have been working diligently to reform the outdated Growth Management Act (GMA), and the restraints placed...

Rep. Michelle Caldier says as a former foster child and foster mother, working to provide opportunities for at risk-youth to succeed is personal to her.

Could Washington someday be the target of a nuclear attack? Many of us have watched with growing concern as tensions continue to grow between the United States and North Korea. Because...

As you may have read or heard, I believe strongly that “levy equalization” is the best state-level tax reform for Washington. It means adjusting how we fund public schools to rely...

There seems to be no end to the ideas state government comes up with to take your hard-earned money. Two years ago, the Legislature adopted an 11.9 cent gas tax hike...

Last fall, the court issued its decision in the Whatcom County v. Hirst case, which involved a complicated dispute over how different groups can claim water rights in this state. The...

Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, says it's time for the state to reverse the culture of dysfunction that exists in the foster care system and enact new reforms.