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Member Opinions

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short give a detailed outline of the job-creation policies they support in the Legislature and how the governor and House Democrats would rather create a larger...

April 12, 2013

Even in a Slow Economy, State Government Wages a War on Work As Washington state faces persistent and systemic high levels of unemployment, we should be asking ourselves one simple question: why...

April 4, 2013

Expansion of Medicaid not a panacea, by Rep. Joe Schmick

March 29, 2013

The Washington State Constitution says: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” According to Webster’s... ...

March 22, 2013

Last Thursday was a bad day for Washington. It was a worse day for Washington taxpayers. The Washington State Supreme Court struck down the requirement that the Legislature pass new... ...

March 6, 2013

Rep. Mark Hargrove, the assistant lead Republican on the House Transportation Committee, outlines several legislative proposals he will support to bring about reforms and efficiencies in transportation projects.

March 5, 2013

The Washington State Supreme Court recently struck down a requirement for a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes. The two-thirds majority rule had been approved five separate times... ...

March 1, 2013

Rep. Walsh writes a column for her newspapers about why she originally supported House Bill 1588 and how her constituents changed her position.

March 1, 2013

For the past three days, I’ve been immersed in public hearings, discussions and voting in extended House Transportation Committee meetings. For all the hours we’ve been spending in that committee,... ...

Feb. 28, 2013

State laws can impact your quality of life. So, you should have a voice in the creation of our laws. This is a fundamental tenet of how government should work. Unfortunately...

Feb. 28, 2013