Member Opinions

As featured in the Huckleberry Press House Bill 2664, which extends telecommunications authority to all ports in Washington state passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this session. The measure,...

March 26, 2018

One thing we can always count on, in good times and bad, is there will always be pressure on the state Legislature to raise taxes, and to spend every last penny...

March 14, 2018

In this opinion article, Rep. Terry Nealey explains his vote on the Legislative Public Records Act and his views about opening legislative records to the public while protecting constituent privacy.

March 3, 2018

In the final few weeks of session the operating budget negotiations will be the focus. A big part of that debate will revolve around new revenue – or taxes. There continues to...

Feb. 23, 2018

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said the late philosopher George Santayana. I’m reminded of these words as the Legislature is debating whether to spend a new $1.3 billion...

Feb. 23, 2018

A few days ago, the Port of Longview announced it had signed an exclusive agreement to negotiate with a prospective tenant for the old Continental Grain terminal at Berth 4. Cheers...

Feb. 22, 2018

One issue the Legislature continues to try and tackle is how to bridge the gap in our state’s rural-urban divide. Tourism is an area that lacks much-needed attention and is an...

Feb. 16, 2018

Five generations, 110 years. That’s how long the Wilcox family has lived in the Nisqually River watershed, pouring our blood, sweat and tears into our local communities. It seems like quite...

Feb. 6, 2018

Since taking office in January 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee has used the climate change issue to propose billions of dollars in new taxes to regulate greenhouse gases. His climate change agenda has found mediocre legislative support....

Feb. 2, 2018

It is an honor to represent you and the citizens of the 16th District here in Olympia. One of my main priorities is fiscal responsibility. In the latest revenue forecast, projected...

Jan. 26, 2018