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My bill to encourage energy conservation, low-cost power clears Senate A measure I proposed to encourage energy conservation by utilities is headed to the House of Representatives after passing the Senate with strong bipartisan support today. State law allows utilities to meet a portion of their requirements for renewable energy through conservation. The conservation must be achieved in two-year target periods.... Read More...
My bills to promote renewable energy and telecommunications development pass Senate Today the Senate approved two bills I proposed to encourage new forms of renewable energy and increase development in Washington’s telecommunications industry. Both bills received only favorable testimony during public hearings in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. Two of my goals for this year are to promote new energy... Read More...
My bill to protect environment, create jobs to receive public hearing This session I’m sponsoring legislation to refocus use of our state’s toxic clean-up account. The bill would increase the number of sites cleaned and promote private-sector job creation by emphasizing the renewal of lands with commercial potential.  A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 in the Senate... Read More...
Four steps to a better budget On Jan. 14 the Washington State Legislature will go to work. But who will they be working for and how will we judge success? What should the goals be and how should we set priorities? In order to move our state forward, we need solid leadership based on a real... Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – Sports fields and public land access In this edition of the Blueprint for a Better Washington, Senator Ericksen outlines how the state can be a partner in constructing capital facilities like sports fields by cutting government red tape and unnecessary costs. He also outlines his strategy for keeping existing public lands viable by maximizing public access.... Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – A fresh, forward-thinking energy strategy Energy policy is the subject of this week’s Blueprint for a Better Washington. Senator Ericksen outlines his approach, which would encourage innovation and keep the focus on cost to the consumer while keeping Washington state’s at the forefront of clean, renewable energy. Read the full Blueprint by clicking here: Ericksen_Blueprint_Energy Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – The “big three” issues for business In this week’s Blueprint for a Bettter Washington, Senator Ericksen outlines solutions for the “big three” issues facing businesses in Washington State – unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and regulatory reform. He lays out how simple reforms in the three areas could lead to more jobs and a healthier economic outlook... Read More...
Ericksen to speak at Bellingham small business forum Sen. Doug Ericksen invites Whatcom County business owners to participate in a regional small business forum from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Bellingham Sportsplex. “This is a great opportunity for Whatcom County business owners to meet with policymakers and elected officials,” said Ericksen, R-Ferndale. “I encourage... Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – Environment and job creation With this edition of his Blueprint for a Better Washington series, Senator Ericksen examines the state’s environmental clean-up account. He outlines how reforming the program could lead to more jobs and toxic waste clean-up – without the need for new taxes. Read the full update by clicking here: Ericksen_Blueprint_MTCA. Read More...
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