Member Opinions

Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, argues in this opinion editorial, that a decision by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission to break a two-state agreement and allow permanent commercial non-tribal...

Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court’s “McCleary Decision.” This effort will...

Earlier this week, a vote was taken in the House on a bill, House Bill 1059, to extend current state levy policy for one calendar year. The bill, which passed, would...

...budget analysts, lawyers and a host of policy makers are looking into the ramifications of no supplemental budget for 2016. Is it the preferred outcome? Not really. Will...

In an op-ed, Rep. Hans Zeiger discusses the role students have in higher ed policy. Tuition, textbook costs, and efficiency measures are discussed.

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...