Member Opinions

I share the frustrations of many that the Legislature adjourned July 20 after a record 193 days in session without passing a capital construction budget. This $4 billion budget funds statewide infrastructure...

Rep. Norma Smith says state and local government must work together to care for those struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges.

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(June 4, 2017) For years, school districts, stakeholders, and lawmakers have been working diligently to reform the outdated Growth Management Act (GMA), and the restraints placed...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

Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, says the Legislature must focus on restoring Washingtonians' confidence in the institution, and provides three solutions to make that happen.

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...