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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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Dems vote to raid Rainy Day Fund, set state up for financial disaster, Ericksen says Dems vote to raid Rainy Day Fund, set state up for financial disaster, Ericksen says
  Tactic is end-run around voter-approved constitutional amendment Returns state to days of unsustainable budgeting, major shortfalls Puts state bond rating at risk, could raise borrowing costs State has plenty of money for property tax relief, no raid required   OLYMPIA – During one of the sunniest moments ever for...
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For second time, Senate Democrats reject $1B property tax cut For second time, Senate Democrats reject $1B property tax cut
Ericksen proposal provides full relief from this year’s property-tax spike Dem plan provides only partial relief next year, when crisis has passed State has $2.3B in unexpected collections – more than enough for $1B cut OLYMPIA – For the second time in as many weeks, majority Democrats in the state...
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Property tax proposal from Senate Democrats comes up short, Ericksen says Property tax proposal from Senate Democrats comes up short, Ericksen says
Dem plan provides no relief until 2019 Offers only partial reduction of next year’s state tax levy Ericksen plan offers full relief – $1 billion cut is effective this year OLYMPIA – A property tax relief proposal from Senate Democrats doesn’t help taxpayers who are reeling from this year’s increases...
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Ericksen: State costs down $90 million – more reason for $1 billion property tax cut Ericksen: State costs down $90 million – more reason for $1 billion property tax cut
— New caseload forecast shows $90 million reduction in state costs — Tax collections up $3 billion since Trump inauguration — State has more than enough to provide $1 billion in property tax relief OLYMPIA – A new state caseload forecast shows state costs will decline $90 million over the...
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Ericksen: $1.3B increase in state tax projections strengthens case for property tax relief Ericksen: $1.3B increase in state tax projections strengthens case for property tax relief
State now has $2.3 billion more than projected last year Ericksen bill provides immediate $1 billion property tax cut Urgent proposal responds to dramatic increases in 2018 property taxes OLYMPIA – A new forecast of state tax collections shows the Legislature is awash in money – and makes an even...
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Senate Democratic Caucus locks up against property tax relief – shoots down $1 billion tax cut Senate Democratic Caucus locks up against property tax relief – shoots down $1 billion tax cut
Republican proposal cuts property taxes this year, responds to 2018 “spike” Senate Democratic Caucus votes to keep taxes high Proposal remains alive in bill that awaits action in Senate committee OLYMPIA – Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate Wednesday night shot down a chance to provide $1 billion in property...
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Republicans propose $1 billion property tax cut Republicans propose $1 billion property tax cut
Ericksen bill provides $1 billion in property tax relief Democrats’ proposal is an income tax on capital gains Record tax dollars flowing into Olympia should be returned to taxpayers  OLYMPIA – Republicans are proposing a $1 billion property tax cut to provide relief to Washington taxpayers who will see a...
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42nd District lawmakers to host town hall Feb. 17 42nd District lawmakers to host town hall Feb. 17
Forty-second District legislators Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Reps. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, and Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, are holding a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Blaine Senior Center. At the community meeting, attendees can ask questions, and the lawmakers will offer an update on the legislative session. Here are the details: Blaine...
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