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Member Opinions

It’s no secret Washington is in a financial hole. The current budget is still $600 million in deficit and the projected spending gap for the 2011-13 budget is nearing $5... ...

Feb. 1, 2011

Several days ago, financial guru Jim Cramer’s Web site, The Street, listed its pick of the best and worst states for small business. Surprisingly, the New York-based Web site listed... ...

Jan. 26, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce As we enter the second month of the 2011 legislative session, here are some numbers to contemplate: Washington added about 2,100 jobs in December,... ...

Jan. 19, 2011

Special to Skagit County Republicans Thank you for all your hard work and support! It has made a difference. We have more Republicans in the Legislature this year. Now the... ...

Jan. 12, 2011

Most people hardly give it a second thought.  Flick on a switch, the light comes on. Plug in a computer, it powers up.  We depend on electricity for our day-to-day... ...

Nov. 5, 2010

Most people hardly give it a second thought.  Flick on a switch, the light comes on. Plug in a computer, it powers up.  We depend on electricity for our day-to-day... ...

Nov. 5, 2010

As the state faces another massive budget shortfall in the 2011-13 biennium, state leaders should demand financial accountability and transparency at every level of state government. After reading the recent... ...

June 25, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Local builders and people seeking to purchase a new home can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. The Washington State... ...

June 23, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce I appreciate receiving the Washington Pilots Association (WPA) publication “Wings,” and wish to respond to WPA President John Dobson’s April/May 2010 article, “Olympia WA.... ...

June 2, 2010

I’m often asked, “How did it go in Olympia this year?” I’ve been telling folks, “Very disappointing.” When state lawmakers arrived in Olympia in January, they faced rising unemployment and... ...

May 18, 2010