Member Opinions

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

State lawmakers return to Olympia next Monday for a scheduled 60-day legislative session. Decisions made by the Legislature could have far-reaching effects for years to come. That’s why I’m asking... ...

Dec. 30, 2009

As congressional Democrats try to secure the last favorable vote for health care reform before Christmas, it appears the government-run “public option” for the uninsured is dead…for now. I am... ...

Dec. 23, 2009

Right now, political leadership in Washington must say what employers need to hear: We appreciate you and we want you to remain in our state providing the much-needed, good-paying jobs... ...

Dec. 22, 2009