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Member Opinions

All eyes of state government will be fixated on the state’s economic and revenue forecast when it is released Sept. 15. This forecast not only predicts the direction of Washington’s... ...

Aug. 29, 2011

My first legislative session in Olympia could be likened to a rollercoaster – many ups and downs, with lots of twists and turns. While tough decisions and difficult negotiations drew... ...

Aug. 2, 2011

Special to the Tri-City Herald, published on July 8, 2011. It is often said that the Tri-Cities region has more doctorate degrees per capita than any other region in the... ...

July 22, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce The 103-day regular session and the 30-day special session of the 2011 Legislature are now history, having come to completion May 25. How did... ...

June 27, 2011

There were no surprises when the quarterly state revenue forecast was released March 17. It showed incoming revenues are down by more than $778 million, putting the state’s projected budget... ...

March 21, 2011

If you are a property owner, you’ve probably received this year’s property tax bill by now. And if you are like most property owners, you’re wondering why your tax bill... ...

March 16, 2011

Special to The Columbian The Columbia River Crossing has the potential to be our region’s greatest infrastructure accomplishment of the 21st century. With billions of tax dollars involved and the... ...

March 7, 2011

Special to The Columbian — March 6, 2011 The Columbia River Crossing has the potential to be our region’s greatest infrastructure accomplishment of the 21st century. With billions of tax... ...

March 7, 2011

Several people have asked me why I and my fellow House Republicans swam against the tide and voted against a $360 million budget reduction bill. The answer is “education.” With... ...

March 3, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  I... ...

Feb. 18, 2011