Member Opinions

Here we go again. Last year, Seattle-centric legislators decided it would be a good idea to tax families on the engine size of their cars. The measure, Senate Bill 6900, would...

Feb. 9, 2009

A constituent recently asked me not to vote for a salary increase for legislators. He noted, “I have not had a raise in four years.” Similar comments are voiced from other...

Feb. 4, 2009

The state laws that you and I live by are not always conceived by policy makers in Olympia. Some of the best legislation begins at the grassroots level by citizens who...

Jan. 28, 2009

One of the founding principles upon which governments in civilized societies are based is the notion of public safety. If a like-minded group of people can’t band together and keep each...

Jan. 14, 2009

More than 230 years ago, when countries were ruled by rich and powerful nobles and kings, 56 men from 13 North American British colonies dared to assert that “all men are...

Jan. 14, 2009

When lawmakers convene next Monday, Jan. 12, for the scheduled 105-day legislative session in Olympia, they will be faced with solving a record budget deficit exceeding $5.7 billion. In terms of...

Jan. 7, 2009