Member Opinions

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

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