Member Opinions

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

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

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

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