Member Opinions

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...

May 23, 2017

There seems to be no end to the ideas state government comes up with to take your hard-earned money. Two years ago, the Legislature adopted an 11.9 cent gas tax hike...

May 19, 2017

Last fall, the court issued its decision in the Whatcom County v. Hirst case, which involved a complicated dispute over how different groups can claim water rights in this state. The...

April 27, 2017

Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, says it's time for the state to reverse the culture of dysfunction that exists in the foster care system and enact new reforms.

April 18, 2017

Former 13th District Senator Harold Hochstatter used to say, “The issue isn’t the issue; who decides the issue is the issue.” Right now, that is never more relevant than when talking...

April 14, 2017

If you own undeveloped rural property or you are an urban property owner with access to water, a Washington State Supreme Court ruling is going to cost you money — lots of it...

April 14, 2017

Reps. Mark Hargrove and Matt Shea say it's time to put your safety at the forefront and bring our state into full compliance with the REAL ID Act.

April 13, 2017

The budget battle in the state Legislature has kicked into high gear as we now have official budget proposals from House Democrats and the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. Funding for basic...

April 7, 2017

For years, Washington state has imposed increasingly stringent environmental regulations on manufacturers, producers and those doing business in our state. As the state has mandated that Washington companies “get green,” businesses...

April 7, 2017

  Budgets are being negotiated, deadlines are zooming by, bills passed by lawmakers are trickling in to the governor’s office, and the flowering cherry trees between the domed Legislative Building and...

April 6, 2017