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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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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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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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