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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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Oil refiners should stop shipping to King County, after lawsuit targets industry, Ericksen says Oil refiners should stop shipping to King County, after lawsuit targets industry, Ericksen says
King County lawsuit aims to makes political statement Try getting along without oil, Ericksen says Ericksen urges stand against frivolous lawsuit OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, has a suggestion for King County government officials who filed suit last week against the nation’s biggest oil companies: Try getting along...
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Ericksen asks UTC to reverse decision aimed at forcing early exit from Montana coal plant Ericksen asks UTC to reverse decision aimed at forcing early exit from Montana coal plant
Regulators target Washington utilities served by Colstrip Generating Plant  Premature abandonment would drive up costs for Washington consumers Commission lacks authority to order new accounting scheme Click here to read Sen. Ericksen’s letter to UTC OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is asking state regulators to reverse a decision...
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Read Sen. Ericksen’s 2018 session report Read Sen. Ericksen’s 2018 session report
2018 session report: Fighting for jobs in Whatcom County and Washington state After a session of major accomplishments and missed opportunities, the challenge is keeping the state on the right track. The Legislature this year protected rural wells, blocked major tax increases and approved important projects for Whatcom County, but...
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On property-tax day, Ericksen says Legislature missed chance for $1B tax cut On property-tax day, Ericksen says Legislature missed chance for $1B tax cut
  Ericksen proposed $1B property tax relief measure Majority party rejected meaningful property tax relief in 2018 State is collecting billions in unanticipated tax money   OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, released the following statement April 30, the deadline for most Washington taxpayers to pay the first half of...
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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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