Email Updates

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

Dec. 8, 2011

While we continue to seek solutions to our state’s projected budget shortfall it is important to keep in mind that state revenues are on pace to grow 6.9 percent more... ...

Dec. 7, 2011

Reps. Ed Orcutt and Ann Rivers invite constituents to telephone town hall meeting on Dec. 7   Please join Rep. Ann Rivers and I for our 18th District telephone town... ...

Dec. 6, 2011