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NEWS: Whatcom County senators broker landmark agreement on toxic-cleanup reform In broad bipartisan votes tonight the Senate and House of Representatives approved a bill – subsequently signed into law by the governor – to create jobs and improve Washington’s environment by reforming the state’s toxic-cleanup program. The landmark agreement was secured through the work of Whatcom County’s Senate delegation, Sens.... Read More...
My Bellingham Herald op-ed: New Energy in the state Senate This op-ed appeared in the Bellingham Herald on Tuesday, January 22. You can read the piece on the Herald’s website by clicking here. New Energy in the state Senate By Senator Doug Ericksen The opening days of a legislative session regularly feature ceremony and tradition, but this week something truly historic... Read More...
12 Biggest Myths of Olympia This probably won’t come as a shock to you, but Olympia occasionally struggles with reality. Sometimes it’s by accident – a false assertion gets repeated so many times that it becomes fact. In other instances, people may purposely perpetuate an idea to distort the debate on an issue. In either... Read More...
Blueprint for a Better Washington series Over the 2012 legislative interim, I took a look at some of the major issues facing our state and outlined what I see as positive solutions to move us forward by focusing on the cost and quality of the services being provided, rather than the method by which they’re provided. 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...