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...
Preserving our state’s low-cost power and encouraging conservation Two bills I’m proposing are among several measures to revise the state’s renewable-energy requirements to preserve our low-cost power. They received a public hearing on February 12 in the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. The issue is that current state law is forcing us to ship our low-cost, clean hydropower... Read More...
Ericksen TV: two bills to aid Whatcom County farms and fairs This week my video update focuses on two bills I introduced to aid important entities in Whatcom County – our farms and our fairs. Senate Bill 5078 would modify state law to allow non-profit fairs to continue to rent out their facilities during the off-season without taking a tax hit. Senate... Read More...
New energy in focus – wind power Today’s meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will focus on new technologies in the field of wind power. The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.tvw.org.  The hearing is important because wind farms dot our state and wind power represents a... Read More...
My Bill to add fourth Whatcom County Superior Court judge passes Senate A bill I sponsored with Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, to add a fourth superior court judge for Whatcom County passed the Senate today. Whatcom County Superior Court has had three judges since the 1970s. In the meantime the population of the county has tripled, making it increasingly difficult for the county to process... Read More...