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Back in December, I wrote an article entitled “Future uncertain for state's Basic Health Plan.” In the article, I discussed the pitfalls of a government-run health care program, noting that Washington's...

March 5, 2010

Many counties in our state have double-digit unemployment. When I talk to people from our district, the number one thing on their minds is jobs. We all want to get Washington...

Feb. 26, 2010

Several days ago, I had a conversation with a small business owner who has done everything possible to avoid layoffs. Between the increases in workers' compensation insurance premiums and unemployment insurance...

Feb. 19, 2010

Last night, Senate Democrats voted for a second time on a measure that would suspend Initiative 960.  The voter-approved initiative requires a two-thirds majority in the Legislature to increase taxes. By...

Feb. 12, 2010

When it comes to health care reform, most of us want the same thing. We want to make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. The question is: “How...

Feb. 12, 2010

You may have heard of the name, Alan Mulally. Today, he is the president and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Company. Back in 2002, Mulally made a rare visit...

Jan. 29, 2010

Just yesterday we learned that unemployment in Washington has grown to 9.5 percent with more than 334,000 people are out of work statewide, the highest unemployment in our state in more...

Jan. 20, 2010

I've found these e-mail updates to be a great way to reach you and other constituents with important news and information affecting our district and state. But election year restrictions limit...

Jan. 15, 2010

State lawmakers return to Olympia next Monday for a scheduled 60-day legislative session. Decisions made by the Legislature could have far-reaching effects for years to come. That's why I'm asking you...

Dec. 30, 2009

Recently, I stopped by to visit with some friends who own a business in the construction industry. This is an industry that has lost more than 48,000 jobs since 2007. Many...

Dec. 9, 2009