Member Opinions

Legislative priorities change with each new session. One priority that remains consistent is the issue of housing affordability across Washington State. The housing market continues to see increasing costs for renters,...

Feb. 23, 2019

Wine continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in Washington state. It is a major economic contributor to our communities and region. It fosters small business growth, enhances tourism,...

Feb. 22, 2019

If you are an independent contractor or a sole proprietor in Washington state, your livelihood is under attack! Six weeks into the legislative session and a number of proposals before the...

Feb. 20, 2019

I come from a family of veterans as far back as the Revolutionary War.  I grew up listening to stories about serving and sacrifice from grandfathers who knew the deeper meaning...

Feb. 20, 2019

Just five short weeks into the legislative session, a number of bills detrimental to independent contractors and the self-employed were introduced in the Washington State Legislature.  Many of these bills would...

Feb. 18, 2019

Winston Churchill once said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up...

Feb. 13, 2019

If you are reading this article in the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, chances are you know somebody who ranches, farms, is an orchardist, raises livestock, or enjoys the outdoors. In other words,...

Feb. 13, 2019

Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution states: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired…” Despite...

Feb. 9, 2019

Special to the Tri-City Herald Domestic violence is not a common topic of conversation around the kitchen table. However, information and knowledge are power. I believe it is time to shed some...

Feb. 4, 2019

The 2019 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 14. We are honored to serve you and bring a strong voice of our 9th District citizens to the state Capitol. This year’s 105-day...

Jan. 24, 2019