Ericksen: There are enough votes in the House to pass real reforms Sen. Doug Ericksen speaking at a Senate coalition budget news conference today, said he believes the Senate-proposed long-term reforms would pass in the House of Representatives if the speaker of the House would allow a vote. “I think a bipartisan coalition would emerge in the House if the speaker would allow... Read More...
Ericksen asks DNR to delay closure of Slide Mountain bike trails Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, today sent a letter to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark asking him to suspend the Department of Natural Resources’ plan to decommission the mountain-bike trail system on Slide Mountain at the North Fork Nooksack River. The work is set to begin Monday. The trail system,... Read More...
Senate passes Ericksen bill to help Northwest Washington Fair Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, today won unanimous Senate passage of his bill to protect the property tax-exempt status of the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center in Lynden. Ericksen introduced Senate Bill 6598 after learning the fair would lose its tax-exempt status as a result of renting out the use... Read More...
Ericksen calls Senate majority budget ‘disappointing’ Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said the “get by” budget offered today by the Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman and Senate majority leader falls short of expectations he had coming into the 2012 legislative session “It’s disappointing in several ways,” Ericksen said. “The most disappointing part for me is that... Read More...
Senate Democrats introduce bills to raise taxes Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said today’s move by several Democrat senators to raise taxes does not ring true. “We have $4 billion more in tax revenue and a budget plan that spends $2 billion more than the current biennium and still that is not enough,” Ericksen said. “They want to... Read More...