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Inslee’s inaugural address echoes my energy, budget goals In his inagural address, I was glad to hear Governor Inslee hit on the same energy-policy goals I’ve been promoting: pursuing low-cost energy, create energy-sector jobs and encouraging new technology. That’s exactly what we’ll be focusing on in my Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, and I’m pleased the governor will... Read More...
Environmental issues added to Energy & Telecommunications Committee Today I was formally named chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. The environment component was added to the committee when the Senate finalized its committee structure. Adding environmental issues to the mix was a natural fit because energy policy is directly linked to our environment and quality... Read More...
Ericksen TV: New energy in state Senate I recorded a brief video to highlight the excitement that the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus has brought to the state Senate. Not only is there new energy being injected into the capitol by a fresh focus on collaboration and positive solutions, I’m personally putting an emphasis on new energy as... 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...
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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