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Member Opinions

Thank you to everyone who called and wrote us during the legislative session. Your input is always incredibly valuable. In this column, we will give you a brief rundown on... ...

May 10, 2010

Special to the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce It is good to be back home in Yakima after a 60-day legislative session and a subsequent 30-day special session. We finished... ...

April 20, 2010

I recently learned a constituent contacted the Huckleberry Press questioning the facts in a press release I and my House seatmate issued on the state budget and tax package titled,... ...

March 22, 2010

Dear editor, I would like to thank the Courier-Times and Skagit Publishing for allowing me to write a weekly column in this newspaper for the past three years. Since the... ...

March 9, 2010

“Welcome to Idaho!” That’s the sign Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter expects more Washingtonians will see if Democrats in Olympia pass, and Gov. Chris Gregoire signs into law, the largest tax... ...

March 3, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 11, and many employers feel the end of the 2010 session cannot happen fast enough.... ...

Feb. 26, 2010

Just days before the Legislature’s scheduled March 11 adjournment, lawmakers are finalizing the state’s operating, capital and transportation budgets, and working to close a $2.7 billion shortfall in the operating... ...

Feb. 24, 2010

In 1993, voters approved Initiative 601 which set a limit on spending, and put strong limitations on tax and fee increases.  From 2005 through 2009, if I-601 had been followed,... ...

Feb. 24, 2010

With more than 8,000 people unemployed in the 39th District, Republicans believe the legislative session should be focused on getting Washington working again. That’s why we have proposed our “Made... ...

Feb. 18, 2010

Several days ago, I had a conversation with a small business owner who has done everything possible to avoid layoffs. Between the increases in workers’ compensation insurance premiums and unemployment... ...

Feb. 11, 2010