Government Reform

42nd District legislators respond to I-5 bridge collapse Following the collapse of a section of the bridge over the Skagit River on Interstate 5, the 42nd District legislative delegation, including me, Rep. Vincent Buys and Rep. Jason Overstreet, issued the following statement. “Today we give thanks that no deaths or major injuries resulted from the collapse of the... Read More...
Ericksen TV: A better transportation system In this edition of my weekly video update, I look at the transportation proposal being brought forward by Democrats in the House of Representatives, which relies on $10 billion in new gas taxes. Before we talk about tax increases, we need to address the unnecessary cost-drivers of transportation projects. Watch the video by... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Protecting the environment and creating jobs Senator Ericksen details his bill to refocus the state’s toxic clean-up account – the Model Toxics Control Act. The effort would improve the environment by cleaning more sites and create jobs through those projects and by renewing toxic lands with commercial potential. Also discussed is a recent myth floated in Olympia that... 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...
New Energy in Senate education committee The new majority in the Washington State Senate is bringing New Energy to the tired status quo in Olympia. Solutions and ideas are now being openly discussed in many Senate committees. A great example is a recent public hearing on education reform in the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education... Read More...
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