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Member Opinions

It’s encouraging to see the state’s unemployment rate drop to 8.2 percent in February. That’s down almost a full percentage point from February 2011 when unemployment was at 9.1 percent.... ...

April 13, 2012

Since 2006, House Republicans have introduced legislation that would require budget writers to fund education with the first dollar, not the last. I believe this is critical to ensuring K-12 basic...

Feb. 9, 2012

As part of her solution to the state’s projected budget shortfall, Governor Chris Gregoire has suggested a course of action for our state’s Critical Access Hospitals that will endanger the... ...

Jan. 25, 2012

It was Sept. 11, 2007, when Gov. Chris Gregoire came to Snohomish County to see firsthand the problems on U.S. Highway 2 that contributed to more than 45 deaths within... ...

Jan. 24, 2012

On Feb. 14, for the first time ever, the Stevenson-Carson School District will send voters a three-year maintenance and operations levy.  As your state Representatives, we’re often asked to talk... ...

Jan. 19, 2012

I can’t recall ever having my office phone and e-mail explode with calls and letters as they have after the governor announced her proposed 2011-13 budget adjustments to address the... ...

Jan. 9, 2012

When lawmakers arrived Nov. 28 at the state Capitol for a special session, many of my fellow legislators and I were hopeful we could vote within the first couple days... ...

Dec. 30, 2011

In counties throughout the state, local officials are in the process of updating their shoreline master programs. Many citizens in the 7th Legislative District living on or near particular shorelines... ...

Dec. 1, 2011

In recent weeks, I have heard from administrators and health care workers who operate small hospitals in rural areas across the state, and from those within the 39th District, which... ...

Nov. 30, 2011

When Washington’s founders wrote our state’s Constitution in 1889, they made sure the ultimate sovereignty of government is reserved for the people. The first article of the state Constitution says... ...

Sept. 22, 2011