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 It is an honor to serve the people of Washington state and Whatcom County as your state senator. This is where great ideas are born. In Whatcom County, we are leaders in education, leaders in health care, leaders in environmental protection and leaders in energy production.

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Every day, I go to work in Olympia inspired by the people of our corner of the state. I grew up in Whatcom County and I call it my home – for me, my kids, my family. Like you, I worry about my children’s schools and I worry about the sort of world they will live in. Working together we can create a better future for your kids and my kids and for generations to come.

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Public-works budget passes Legislature, funds important Whatcom County projects Public-works budget passes Legislature, funds important Whatcom County projects
OLYMPIA – A public-works construction budget that pays for projects in Whatcom County and across the state cleared the Legislature Thursday and is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Big-ticket items include funding for Bellingham-waterfront cleanup that will enable redevelopment along Bellingham Bay, and new buildings...
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Ericksen: Legislature’s deal on household wells offers relief to Whatcom County Ericksen: Legislature’s deal on household wells offers relief to Whatcom County
OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers approved a deal Thursday to end a long-running water dispute that has brought rural construction to a standstill in many areas of the state, including Whatcom County. Republicans and Democrats passed a measure Thursday night in the state House and Senate creating new rules for household...
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Ericksen bills slash property taxes, restore funding for Blaine interchange Ericksen bills slash property taxes, restore funding for Blaine interchange
Tax measure would effectively keep state property tax for schools at 2017 level. Prevents one-year “spike” caused by phase-in of property tax plan. Blaine interchange bill restores project vetoed by Inslee last year. OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, introduced bills Jan. 16 that would prevent a short-term spike in...
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Dems vote to make tax hikes easier — sets stage for massive tax increases Dems vote to make tax hikes easier — sets stage for massive tax increases
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Ericksen’s subscribers Jan. 12, 2018. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. — Rule change on opening day of session eliminates taxpayer protection. — 2/3 vote of Senate was required for procedural votes on tax increases. — Dems insist on eliminating rule,...
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Ericksen: Inslee energy tax is ‘death tax’ on Washington Ericksen: Inslee energy tax is ‘death tax’ on Washington
Would increase gas taxes 40 percent – plus large automatic increases every year. Electricity costs will rise; manufacturers will face higher costs. Inslee death tax impacts lower-income and middle-class families more than wealthy. OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest proposal for a tax on energy use in Washington state will...
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Ericksen committed to serving the people of Whatcom County and Washington in state Senate Ericksen committed to serving the people of Whatcom County and Washington in state Senate
OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said Monday he plans to remain in the Washington Legislature – and will not be taking a job with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, contrary to erroneous press reports published Friday and over the weekend. “President Donald J. Trump is about to finish...
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Ericksen encouraged by judge’s action against Inslee energy rule Ericksen encouraged by judge’s action against Inslee energy rule
FERNDALE…Sen. Doug Ericksen today praised a recent court ruling that a core section of an energy-regulation rule adopted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration in 2016 is unlawful. The decision came Friday from a judge in Thurston County, where lawsuits against state agencies are considered, and prompted this statement from Ericksen, R-Ferndale...
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Ericksen bill prevents property-tax spike in 2018 Ericksen bill prevents property-tax spike in 2018
Corrects timing problem with last year’s levy reform that could lead to temporary increases. Keeps state property-tax rate low as local school levies are phased out. Maintains 2018 state basic-education levy at 2017 levels. OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the state ought to use an unexpected $1 billion...
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