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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.

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Toxics bill clears Senate panel, enables reasoned approach to water quality, Ericksen says Toxics bill clears Senate panel, enables reasoned approach to water quality, Ericksen says
OLYMPIA… A bill expanding state regulation of toxic chemicals cleared the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee Friday, in a form its sponsor, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, calls a hard-fought compromise. Senate Bill 6131 is one of the key bills of this year’s legislative session. Last year Gov. Jay Inslee...
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Dems’ ‘no-new-tax’ proposal still proposes nearly $1B in taxes, Ericksen observes Dems’ ‘no-new-tax’ proposal still proposes nearly $1B in taxes, Ericksen observes
OLYMPIA… Saying a tax increase is a tax increase no matter what anyone wants to call it, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, was critical of a new budget proposal from legislative Democrats Monday that requires $356 million in new tax revenue over the next two years. Gov. Jay Inslee and...
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As forecast adds $400 million, Ericksen, Baumgartner, Padden call for tax relief for small business As forecast adds $400 million, Ericksen, Baumgartner, Padden call for tax relief for small business
OLYMPIA… A positive tax-revenue forecast is leading three state senators to call for a tax cut, saying this is the time for relief, not more spending. State Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Michael Padden, R-Spokane Valley, are calling for a reduction in business and occupations taxes. Their...
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Legislature reaches compromise on oil-train safety bill, finishes regular session Legislature reaches compromise on oil-train safety bill, finishes regular session
  OLYMPIA… Lawmakers reached compromise on a major oil-train safety bill Friday, culminating two years of work on a high-profile issue, and finishing their 2015 regular session on a note of accomplishment. The state Senate passed the bill 46-0 and the House quickly concurred 95-1, sending the measure to the...
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Ericksen says big wind-farm losses for Cowlitz PUD make case for Senate energy plan Ericksen says big wind-farm losses for Cowlitz PUD make case for Senate energy plan
OLYMPIA… A big investment in wind farms by the Cowlitz Public Utility District turned out to be a dud costing ratepayers nearly $1 million a month, and Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says it makes a case for the energy plan he introduced in the Senate this year. A story published...
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Senate’s no-new-tax budget offers solution for state, Whatcom County, Ericksen says Senate’s no-new-tax budget offers solution for state, Whatcom County, Ericksen says
OLYMPIA… A Senate budget proposal offers the solution to the state’s budget troubles, says Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, fully funding K-12 education, cutting tuition and avoiding tax increases. “We’d call this a great budget proposal even if we didn’t have something to compare it against,” Ericksen said. “But when you put it...
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A fresh approach to clean energy, carbon reduction A fresh approach to clean energy, carbon reduction
This post originally appeared in the Majority Coalition Caucus leadership blog, Exit 105. When we in the Washington Senate passed our energy bill this week, we achieved one of the most elegant solutions to one of the most intractable problems our Legislature has ever faced. How do we fix our...
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Ericksen oil-train safety legislation clears state Senate Ericksen oil-train safety legislation clears state Senate
OLYMPIA… After more than a year in preparation, an oil-train safety bill cleared the Washington Senate Monday night, putting the state’s emphasis on emergency preparedness and planning, and leaving open the possibility of further action on state waterways. “The public has a legitimate reason to be concerned about the safety...
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