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Legislative Commentary: Aug. 1, 2019

Dear Friends, Harvest time has come to my farm and others in the area. Every harvest is at least a little different from all the others before it; as much as I might like to see another record wheat-cutting day like we had a year ago, it would be...

 

Legislative Commentary: July 25, 2019

Dear Friends, I have to believe each of us can come up with at least one example of “I remember where I was when…” with the “when” being an important moment in history. I have several, and the 50th anniversary of one is tomorrow: man’s...

 

Legislative Commentary: July 11, 2019

Dear Friends, The 9th District spans all or parts of six counties, and on the Fourth of July that means many celebrations spread across a lot of territory – at last count, six parades plus other community gatherings. One person can’t attend all...

 

Legislative Commentary: June 6, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s been a little more than a month since the Legislature adjourned. I was back at the Capitol about 10 days ago for a meeting of the Select Committee on Pension Policy, but for the most part I’ve been able to stick pretty close...

 

Legislative Commentary: May 16, 2019

Dear Friends, I’ll start by congratulating the thousands of WSU students who were awarded degrees this past Saturday, at the end of the 2019 spring semester. And by thanking the state Department of Transportation’s branches in Spokane and...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 25, 2019

Dear Friends, During the five years that our bipartisan coalition led the Senate, we could protect the people from any bad or extreme (or both) legislation that came over from the Democrat-controlled House. Of course, the House would also block the...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 18, 2019

Dear Friends, While I spent hour after hour this week debating and voting on legislation in the budget committee and in the Senate chamber, a woman from the town of Snohomish was out in front of the Capitol conducting what she calls a “fast in...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 11, 2019

Dear Friends, One of the many flaws in the 2019-21 budget proposed a week ago by the Senate’s Democrat majority was that it lacked new funding to allow 20 more students at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane. When the budget came...

 

Legislative Commentary: April 4, 2019

Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago we started using a catch-all term—“Taxapalooza”—to highlight the sheer number of tax proposals put on the table before and during this legislative session. If you were to visit my office at the Senate,...

 

Legislative Commentary: March 28, 2019

Dear Friends, This week brought some happy news for those in the Legislature who like to spend, spend, spend. The year’s first state revenue forecast, released Wednesday, basically predicts there should be another $860 million available for the...

 

Legislative Commentary: March 21, 2019

Dear Friends, To get a good sense of how the priorities differ this year between the left side of the Senate aisle and our conservative side, let’s look at what happened Wednesday. That was the “house of origin cutoff” day, meaning bills that o...

 

Legislative Commentary: March 14, 2019

Dear Friends, You won’t find me sending a ton of text messages, or using the “LOL” kind of shorthand when I do. But if I had to describe this past week in a text, the abbreviation “SMH” – for “shaking my head” – would be a good choi...

 

Legislative Commentary: March 7, 2019

Dear Friends, We’d been hearing a rumor that Governor Inslee would make an announcement today about his presidential aspirations. When the Democratic majority in the Senate tried to force a final vote yesterday on the renewable-energy legislation...

 

Legislative Commentary: Feb. 28, 2019

Dear Friends, Last week’s commentary mentioned a man who was awaiting Senate confirmation of his appointment to a state commission, despite having lied about his criminal record. I’ll begin this commentary with what a famous radio personality...

 

Legislative Commentary: February 21, 2019

Dear Friends, This fifth week of the 2019 legislative session began with a snow day for a lot of people, due to the 18 or so inches that fell (and stayed) around the Olympia area in a four-day period. But by today, the “snowmageddon” (or...

 

Legislative Commentary: Feb. 14, 2019

Dear Friends, One of the more newsworthy things coming out of Olympia this week had to do with the independent commission of citizens that sets the pay of “statewide elected officials” -- from the governor to Supreme Court justices to...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 31, 2019

Dear Friends, Before the 2019 legislative session took up, Democratic leaders in the Legislature indicated that they shared our interest in addressing two major issues: improving the delivery of mental-health treatment and addressing the shortage of...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 24, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s customary for me, as leader of one of the four legislative caucuses, to do a round of media interviews on the opening day of a legislative session. You never know exactly what the questions will be, but my interview with the TVW...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 17, 2019

Dear Friends, It’s customary for me, as leader of one of the four legislative caucuses, to do a round of media interviews on the opening day of a legislative session. You never know exactly what the questions will be, but my interview with the TVW...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 10, 2019

Dear Friends, Maybe you’ve heard the old line that suggests the making of laws is like the making of sausage. In that sense I guess the sausage-making that went on at my farm a week ago was like a warm-up for the lawmaking ahead -- because the...

 

Legislative Commentary: Dec. 27, 2018

Dear Friends, The time has come to ease up on legislative business and focus on enjoying time with family and friends as we reach the peak of the holiday season. That includes taking a brief break from commenting on things coming out of Olympia,...

 

Legislative Commentary: Dec. 20, 2018

Dear Friends, State law requires the governor to submit a budget proposal to the Legislature ahead of each of our sessions. This week Governor Inslee submitted the seventh budget of his time in office, and he’s now 7-for-7 on wanting new taxes....

 

Legislative Commentary: Dec. 13, 2018

Dear Friends, Here on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, when we remember those who lost their lives in Hawaii on this day 77 years ago, there is another reason to think of George H.W. Bush, our nation’s 41st chief executive. The attack on...

 

Legislative Commentary

While this year’s election season is over, as I mentioned in last week’s commentary, the general election itself isn’t wrapped up quite yet. As of yesterday the outcome of elections for two Senate positions was still up in the air. Hopefully... Full story

 

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