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... Read More...
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... Read More...
Dems vote to make tax hikes easier — sets stage for massive tax increases The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Ericksen’s subscribers Jan. 12, 2018. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. — Rule change on opening day of session eliminates taxpayer protection. — 2/3 vote of Senate was required for procedural votes on tax increases. — Dems insist on eliminating rule,... Read More...
Ericksen: Inslee energy tax is ‘death tax’ on Washington Would increase gas taxes 40 percent – plus large automatic increases every year. Electricity costs will rise; manufacturers will face higher costs. Inslee death tax impacts lower-income and middle-class families more than wealthy. OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest proposal for a tax on energy use in Washington state will... Read More...
Ericksen encouraged by judge’s action against Inslee energy rule FERNDALE…Sen. Doug Ericksen today praised a recent court ruling that a core section of an energy-regulation rule adopted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration in 2016 is unlawful. The decision came Friday from a judge in Thurston County, where lawsuits against state agencies are considered, and prompted this statement from Ericksen, R-Ferndale... Read More...
Ericksen bill prevents property-tax spike in 2018 Corrects timing problem with last year’s levy reform that could lead to temporary increases. Keeps state property-tax rate low as local school levies are phased out. Maintains 2018 state basic-education levy at 2017 levels. OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the state ought to use an unexpected $1 billion... Read More...
Ericksen: Trump Administration right to repeal overreaching Obama-era energy rule OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, released the following statement regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reverse Obama Administration rules overriding states’ authority to regulate power-plant emissions, dictating national energy policy under the guise of environmental protection. Ericksen is chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.... Read More...
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