Member Opinions

One of the most basic and essential functions of government is the protection and safety of the citizens it serves. Without good public safety laws that are enforced, the other duties...

March 11, 2009

I am very concerned with problems I’ve seen with Washington State Ferries since taking office in January 2008. Money was appropriated in 2003 to build four, 144-car ferries, but six years...

March 7, 2009

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  They also say the devil is in the details.  Both timely axioms ring true when discussing Gov. Gregoire’s “cap and...

March 2, 2009

The numbers are staggering. More than 252,000 Washingtonians are out of work. Just last month, more than 75,300 people filed for unemployment. At the same time, Washington is struggling with a...

Feb. 25, 2009

In my Republican response to the governor’s State of the State address last month, I said the Legislature should cut non-essential services and set spending priorities to close a projected $7...

Feb. 18, 2009

What does the proposed Highway 522 expansion between Monroe and Maltby have to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle? Unfortunately, everything if Gov. Gregoire has her way. For nearly...

Feb. 17, 2009

These past few years, we’ve heard stories and watched television shows and movies dedicated to the theory of climate change. As representatives in the Washington State Legislature, we’re proud to serve...

Feb. 13, 2009

Here we go again. Last year, Seattle-centric legislators decided it would be a good idea to tax families on the engine size of their cars. The measure, Senate Bill 6900, would...

Feb. 9, 2009

A constituent recently asked me not to vote for a salary increase for legislators. He noted, “I have not had a raise in four years.” Similar comments are voiced from other...

Feb. 4, 2009

The state laws that you and I live by are not always conceived by policy makers in Olympia. Some of the best legislation begins at the grassroots level by citizens who...

Jan. 28, 2009