Member Opinions

It takes a special kind of person to serve in law enforcement. When most people run from danger, law enforcement officers run toward it. Few professions require someone to put their...

Feb. 24, 2021

Talking about mental health support of the strongest and most courageous people in our communities can be difficult or taboo.  The men and women in blue spend much of their day...

Feb. 24, 2021

When the Legislature convened last year for the 2020 session, our economy was healthy and increased tax collections gave our state a surplus of about $2.3 billion.  Over objections from Republicans...

Feb. 24, 2021

This past year has been truly unprecedented. Last February, while coronavirus was silently spreading, the economy was peaking, employment was strong and our state operating budget had a substantial surplus. By...

Feb. 23, 2021

How would you feel if the government told you your entire industry was now obsolete, and your job had been terminated? That’s exactly what a new bill from House Democrats would...

Feb. 17, 2021

Governor Inslee’s regional reopening plan announced Jan. 5 leaves much to be desired. It is not fair or equitable. But his announcement to allow two regions on the west side of...

Feb. 11, 2021

To say 2020 was a tough year would be an underestimate. If you had to rely on the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) it may have been exceptionally difficult. Last...

Feb. 8, 2021

The environment is unquestionably important to every one of us who live, work and raise families in our beautiful state of Washington. It has also become a political hotbed of polar-opposite...

Feb. 5, 2021

In the 2021 legislative session currently underway, there is a concentrated and emotional effort to change police tactics and limit the equipment law enforcement officers can use to deescalate dangerous situations...

Feb. 4, 2021

As the ranking Republican on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, I’m working hard to make health care more affordable and accessible to our citizens.  Anyone who has worked in...

Feb. 3, 2021