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...
Blueprint for a Better Washington quick index Intro – creating positive change in Olympia Three constitutional amendments to create jobs and a better budget Raise the gas tax? Let’s reform the transportation budget instead Washington’s ferries – a new customer-driven model Using existing tax dollars to clean our environment and promote job creation Business’ big three: unemployment... 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...