Member Opinions

Earlier this summer on a cool, drizzly day in Alaska I had the opportunity to see firsthand how Alaska has turned a dwindling salmon population into a successful and bountiful industry...

Oct. 17, 2019

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased...

Oct. 17, 2019

It’s often said that living a rural lifestyle is a choice, which of course has its unique set of challenges and benefits.  When individuals and families across out state come together...

Sept. 26, 2019

A month ago, the Joint State House/Senate Transportation Committee met in Olympia and heard an update on the governor’s plans to use a so-called “Section 601 letter” to rewrite our recently...

Aug. 31, 2019

In the next few days, the Park Royal Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing home in Longview will close—permanently. The closure of this award-winning nursing home — which specializes in caring for...

Aug. 23, 2019

Imagine living in a state where the sea is OVERFLOWING with salmon, ensuring there are more than enough fish and wildlife to survive and thrive in the northwestern United States. A...

Aug. 15, 2019

In June, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle about wildfire and its impacts on communities. Until the last few years,...

Aug. 14, 2019

Last month, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) proposed significant changes to the state’s existing overtime rules that could curtail the growth of employers and have devastating consequences...

July 22, 2019

Last month, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) proposed significant changes to the state’s existing overtime rules that could curtail the growth of employers and have devastating consequences...

July 19, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was reversing course on its proposal to close or privatize 25 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers operated by the U.S. Forest...

July 1, 2019