Member Opinions

The challenge is finding the courage to embrace these tools and use them to their maximum effectiveness while still providing for and serving the citizens of our state.

Climbing the ladder to unemployment, by Rep. Cary Condotta Some lawmakers in Olympia this session want to change the minimum wage law. Unfortunately, they can no more change this law, than the...

When it comes to transportation, the Legislature must face two big imperatives: the need to invest in infrastructure, and the need for a more cost-effective state Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The...

Rep. Matt Manweller: Answer is spending reform, not “tax loopholes” There have been a lot of conversations in Olympia the past few months about adding new taxes. But taxpayers are already...

By Rep. Brad Hawkins This year is a budget-development year. The constitution provides the Legislature 105 days in odd-numbered years like 2015 to develop operating, capital and transportation budgets. Each of...

Rep. Michelle Caldier discusses the importance of working in a bipartisan manner and how she has done so in her first term as state representative.

Rep. Michelle Caldier opines about how the state can care for the most vulnerable with programs that efficiently provide services directly to the most vulnerable.

By Rep. Brad Hawkins After the devastating Carlton Complex Fire that deeply affected the communities and economy of the Methow Valley, our Legislature is taking action to respond to our natural...

Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, gives an overview of the first six weeks of the 2015 legislative session, and highlights some of the legislation he's working on.

Legislative Session Update – February By Rep. Brad Hawkins Greetings from Olympia! We are into the second month of the 105-day session here at the Capitol, and committees are busy holding...