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The Legislature adjourned its special session last Wednesday after 17 days in which very little was accomplished to address a $2 billion budget shortfall — which was the reason the governor...

Dec. 20, 2011

We just concluded the special session called by the governor that began Nov. 28. The Legislature adjourned this past Wednesday. It was extremely frustrating to me because so little was accomplished....

Dec. 19, 2011

This week the Legislature passed a budget bill that only begins to address our state’s problem. I am frustrated that we were only able to address about $480 million of the...

Dec. 16, 2011

The Legislature adjourned on Wednesday, Dec. 14, barely half-way through the 30-day special session.  While I’m disappointed that we were unable to arrive at a consensus on how to solve our...

Dec. 15, 2011

The Legislature passed a “partial budget solution” this week and has adjourned until the 2012 regular session which begins in January.  While I’m frustrated that the Legislature was unable to arrive...

Dec. 15, 2011

Operating budget The special session ended yesterday, after state lawmakers finally reached an agreement on $479 million in spending reductions. The newspapers will call these reductions, “cuts.” In actuality, once fund...

Dec. 15, 2011

Following the governor’s budget proposal that was released just before Thanksgiving, there’s been growing concern about how her planned spending reductions would affect rural hospitals across the state, as well as...

Dec. 13, 2011

Another week has passed in Olympia with little progress on the budget. Prospects for resolving our state’s entire $2 billion shortfall during the special session have diminished. Much of the work...

Dec. 9, 2011

The second special session of 2011 began Nov. 28, and is schedule to last 30 days.  The governor announced the special session on Sept. 22.  The $32.4 billion budget passed last...

Dec. 8, 2011

Legislative News I was recently appointed to the Joint Oversight Committee on Trade Policy. It is an honor to be one of the few Republicans invited to work on these issues....

Dec. 8, 2011