Member Opinions

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

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

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

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

Special to the Chambers of Commerce On Jan. 11, the Washington Legislature will convene in Olympia for a scheduled 60-day session. It’s shaping up to be possibly one of the... ...

Dec. 18, 2009

With the Legislature preparing to convene in Olympia Jan. 11 for its scheduled 60-day session, we are now beginning to get glimpses of how the governor and the majority party... ...

Dec. 16, 2009

Recently, I stopped by to visit with some friends who own a business in the construction industry. This is an industry that has lost more than 48,000 jobs since 2007.... ...

Dec. 9, 2009

Just before “Black Friday” last week, a Seattle radio station randomly interviewed people, asking how much they would spend for Christmas gifts this year. Most said they would be spending... ...

Dec. 2, 2009