Member Opinions

The 2009 legislative session adjourned April 26. Although the governor may call the Legislature into special session, it’s time to look back at the regular session with my annual thumbs-up/thumbs down...

May 13, 2009

Two years ago, Washington had a $2 billion budget surplus. Although revenues were up, the Legislature approved a 2007-09 operating budget that spent $1.3 billion more than the state expected to...

April 22, 2009

The Washington State Legislature is in the last week of the regular lawmaking session. The budget proposals recently offered by the governor and leaders of the House and Senate unfairly penalize...

April 16, 2009

It’s April 15, tax day, the deadline to file your federal income tax returns and give the federal government a substantial portion of your income. Tomorrow, however, is also a significant...

April 15, 2009

We live in some of the most beautiful recreational areas in the world. Our state parks are chosen destination spots of Washingtonians and out-of-state visitors looking for a getaway or a...

April 8, 2009

Our economy is struggling – our local papers are streamlining to save money, our small employers are cutting back expenses and our families are slimming down household budgets to focus on...

April 7, 2009

Families are struggling, employers are closing their doors, Washington’s unemployment rate is 8.4 percent and the state’s spending problem has created a deficit of $9 billion. Considering these critical factors, I...

April 6, 2009

When our nation’s founding fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft a new U.S. Constitution, they deadlocked on how the president should be chosen. James Madison argued against having the...

April 1, 2009

More than 330,000 people in Washington are without jobs — the highest in 25 years. Many losses are in the housing industry. If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it’s...

March 26, 2009

If you’re tempted to give a standing ovation to the state Supreme Court for its decision not to take up a test case that could have made it easier for the...

March 18, 2009