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The state's revenue forecast today revealed the state could bring in another $231 million more than expected, in addition to the $2 billion more the state will bring in between the...

June 18, 2013

The Legislature adjourned Sunday without having reached a final agreement on a two-year state operating budget. Since the end of the fiscal biennium is on June 30, the Legislature needs to...

May 1, 2013

Let's say this right up front. If the Legislature does nothing this year to raise fees or increase taxes, the state is still expected to take in an additional $2 billion...

April 25, 2013

When lawmakers convene Jan. 14 in Olympia for a scheduled 105-day legislative session, the eyes of the state Supreme Court will be focused on how the Legislature will respond to its...

Dec. 26, 2012

When lawmakers arrived Nov. 28 at the state Capitol for a special session, many of my fellow legislators and I were hopeful we could vote within the first couple days on...

Dec. 30, 2011

In recent weeks, I have heard from administrators and health care workers who operate small hospitals in rural areas across the state, and from those within the 39th District, which includes...

Nov. 30, 2011

House Republican Caucus Chairman Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Gregoire's announcement today that a special session will be called for Nov. 28 to address the...

Sept. 22, 2011

All eyes of state government will be fixated on the state's economic and revenue forecast when it is released Sept. 15. This forecast not only predicts the direction of Washington's economy...

Aug. 29, 2011

If you are a property owner, you've probably received this year's property tax bill by now. And if you are like most property owners, you're wondering why your tax bill is...

March 16, 2011

The House of Representatives today approved a measure that would reduce spending for the remainder of the fiscal year 2011 by $222 million. The vote was 55-43. Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish,...

Jan. 24, 2011