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“Welcome to Idaho!” That's the sign Idaho's Gov. Butch Otter expects more Washingtonians will see if Democrats in Olympia pass, and Gov. Chris Gregoire signs into law, the largest tax increase...

March 3, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 11, and many employers feel the end of the 2010 session cannot happen fast enough. For...

Feb. 26, 2010

Just days before the Legislature's scheduled March 11 adjournment, lawmakers are finalizing the state's operating, capital and transportation budgets, and working to close a $2.7 billion shortfall in the operating budget,...

Feb. 24, 2010

With more than 8,000 people unemployed in the 39th District, Republicans believe the legislative session should be focused on getting Washington working again. That's why we have proposed our “Made in...

Feb. 18, 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. 11, 2010

Many see the recent election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown as a referendum on President Obama's federal health care bill. Brown said he would vote against the measure if elected, and...

Feb. 4, 2010

In December, just days before Gov. Gregoire was to leave for the climate change summit in Copenhagen, a document was revealed confirming that the governor and her staff knew her climate...

Jan. 28, 2010

If you've ever tried to get a permit to develop land, use water or engage in any construction in this state, you know that it can be a nightmare to jump...

Jan. 21, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce With more than 320,000 people out of work (including 7,720 within the 39th District), I believe one of the top priorities of the 2010 legislative...

Jan. 18, 2010

Several days ago, I received the following messages from local business owners: Dear Rep. Kristiansen, My company is already challenged without the increased proposed taxes to compensate for budget deficits that...

Jan. 14, 2010