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Two years ago, Washington had a $2 billion budget surplus. Although revenues were up, the Legislature approved a 2007-09 operating budget that spent $1.3 billion more than the state expected to...

April 22, 2009

It's April 15, tax day, the deadline to file your federal income tax returns and give the federal government a substantial portion of your income. Tomorrow, however, is also a significant...

April 15, 2009

We live in some of the most beautiful recreational areas in the world. Our state parks are chosen destination spots of Washingtonians and out-of-state visitors looking for a getaway or a...

April 8, 2009

If you're tempted to give a standing ovation to the state Supreme Court for its decision not to take up a test case that could have made it easier for the...

March 18, 2009

In my Republican response to the governor's State of the State address last month, I said the Legislature should cut non-essential services and set spending priorities to close a projected $7...

Feb. 18, 2009

When lawmakers convene next Monday, Jan. 12, for the scheduled 105-day legislative session in Olympia, they will be faced with solving a record budget deficit exceeding $5.7 billion. In terms of...

Jan. 7, 2009