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The 2012 legislative session is now in its fourth week and will run through March 8. The two major issues before state lawmakers are a struggling economy and a $1.5 billion...

Jan. 31, 2012

The state Supreme Court released its decision on McCleary v. State today, a case that challenged the adequacy of state funding for K-12 education under article IX, section 1 of the...

Jan. 5, 2012

Since the end of the special session in May, I have been busy meeting with constituents to discuss the challenges facing our communities as our economy continues to struggle. Now that...

Oct. 25, 2011

The Legislature concluded its business on May 25 following a 103-day regular legislative session and 30-day special session. I’m disappointed that state lawmakers could not finish their work on time, at...

June 7, 2011

I would like to thank those of you who were able to attend my town hall meetings on Saturday, March 12. I appreciate your input and the exchange of ideas as...

March 25, 2011

The 2011 legislative session began on January 10 and will run through April 24. The most important task for state lawmakers is to create a positive job climate in Washington state...

Feb. 10, 2011

After 60 days of a regular legislative session, a 30-day special legislative session was called so majority Democrats could finalize their state operating budget and tax increase plans. Unfortunately, the end...

May 11, 2010

The 2010 regular legislative session ended on March 11. The governor then called a special session, which began Monday, so majority Democrats could have more time to finalize their budget and...

March 17, 2010

“This is a disappointing day for all of us who expect state government to rein in its spending like responsible families and small businesses have had to do in these tough...

March 6, 2010

Yesterday, Majority House Democrats unveiled their 2010 supplemental operating budget that includes more than $857 million in new tax increases. Simply put, government spending is out of control.

Feb. 24, 2010