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Member Opinions

I recently hosted a community call in our legislative district. Thousands of constituents participated and, as I suspected, jobs and the economy and taxes and spending were the top issues... ...

Feb. 11, 2010

Most people have probably heard the commercial in which someone exclaims, “I just saved a ton of money by switching my car insurance to . . .” In our state... ...

Feb. 10, 2010

Many see the recent election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown as a referendum on President Obama’s federal health care bill. Brown said he would vote against the measure if elected,... ...

Feb. 4, 2010

We know small businesses are the engine of our economy – in Washington state, and nationally. When state government works in partnership with employers to cut onerous regulations, that’s when we...

Feb. 3, 2010

In December, just days before Gov. Gregoire was to leave for the climate change summit in Copenhagen, a document was revealed confirming that the governor and her staff knew her... ...

Jan. 28, 2010

If you’ve ever tried to get a permit to develop land, use water or engage in any construction in this state, you know that it can be a nightmare to... ...

Jan. 21, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce With more than 320,000 people out of work (including 7,720 within the 39th District), I believe one of the top priorities of the 2010... ...

Jan. 18, 2010

Several days ago, I received the following messages from local business owners: Dear Rep. Kristiansen, My company is already challenged without the increased proposed taxes to compensate for budget deficits... ...

Jan. 14, 2010

When I hear the words “Made in Washington,” I think of the quality and craftsmanship of products and services in our state. I think of businesses trying to remain competitive,... ...

Jan. 7, 2010

Earlier this month, I received a press release from the governor’s office. It touted how Gov. Gregoire had approved spending $5.6 million for projects to provide cleaner water for salmon.... ...

Dec. 30, 2009