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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. I look forward to the great things we can accomplish together. 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. Doug signature  

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Proposed water rule in Whatcom County imposes sharp restrictions on new household wells Proposed water rule in Whatcom County imposes sharp restrictions on new household wells
Ericksen urges Whatcom residents to offer public comment Ecology took over after local planning effort failed to reach agreement Rule imposes limits and restrictions on new household wells Public comment could help reshape proposal OLYMPIA – New water rules for Whatcom County drafted by the state Department of Ecology impose...
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Billion-dollar payroll tax a bad deal for Washington, Ericksen says Billion-dollar payroll tax a bad deal for Washington, Ericksen says
Plucks $1 billion a year out of economy, people’s pockets Provides meager long-term care benefit Democrats reject proposal for public vote OLYMPIA – A proposed billion-dollar payroll tax is a bad deal for the people of Washington, says Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale. The new tax would fund a new state-managed...
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Who says we need a tax increase? There is a better way Who says we need a tax increase? There is a better way
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Ericksen’s subscribers April 1, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. While Democrats push massive tax increases, Ericksen calls for budget caps and tax relief Taxpayer Protection Plan offers better approach As Washington enjoys record surplus, Dems propose biggest tax increase...
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Sen. Ericksen and Rep. Van Werven to host telephone town hall April 8 Sen. Ericksen and Rep. Van Werven to host telephone town hall April 8
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, are holding a telephone town hall for constituents Monday, April 8 from 6-7 p.m. During the hour long community conversation, the lawmakers will answer questions and provide their perspectives on the 2019 legislative session. To participate, constituents should call (360) 209-6595. Once connected, they...
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Podcast: A new billion-dollar proposal to raise gas prices? Podcast: A new billion-dollar proposal to raise gas prices?
In this podcast, Sen. Doug Ericksen describes the impact of yet another Democratic proposal this year to increase gas prices. Senate Bill 5993 would quadruple the state’s hazardous substances tax, equivalent to a six cent gas-tax increase. It is one of several measures that target the oil industry, and wind...
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Democrats hear new billion-dollar proposal to increase gas prices Democrats hear new billion-dollar proposal to increase gas prices
Bill would raise oil taxes more than $1 billion over four years Joins other proposals that would drive up fuel prices Rising fuel prices impose hardship on working families OLYMPIA – A new proposal to raise taxes on motor fuel more than $1 billion over the next four years has...
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Town hall meeting: Whatcom County residents express concerns about Legislature’s direction Town hall meeting: Whatcom County residents express concerns about Legislature’s direction
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s subscribers March 19. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. Gun-control legislation, vaccinations, taxes are hot topics at forum One-party control in Olympia has skewed Legislature to the left Taxpayer Protection Package offers better way Thanks to all who turned out for...
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Town hall meeting set for Saturday in Nooksack Town hall meeting set for Saturday in Nooksack
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s subscribers March 11. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. Town hall meeting set for Saturday, March 16 Public meeting to be held at Nooksack Middle School On Saturday, I will be joining with Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, for...
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