Member Opinions

On Aug. 8, we traveled across the 16th District from Dayton to Prosser, meeting with newspaper editors and reflecting on the successes and disappointments of this year’s Legislature. It was a...

Aug. 18, 2017

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...

Aug. 7, 2017

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

June 28, 2017

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...

June 22, 2017

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...

June 22, 2017

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,...

June 12, 2017

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(June 4, 2017) For years, school districts, stakeholders, and lawmakers have been working diligently to reform the outdated Growth Management Act (GMA), and the restraints placed...

June 5, 2017

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.

May 23, 2017

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...

May 23, 2017

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.

May 23, 2017