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Special to chambers of commerce In my last article to the chamber of commerce, I listed good and bad business bills considered by the Legislature, including Senate Bill 5735. That's the...

June 15, 2009

Less than an hour's drive from Sedro-Woolley is the Canadian border. Throughout the history of Washington's friendly relationship with our northern neighbor, all that was required to enter Canada was a...

June 10, 2009

On Memorial Day, my family and I joined with others to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom. Imagine what the maps of the...

June 3, 2009

For the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington The state seems to always be looking for new and creative ways to separate citizens from their hard-earned money. Last fall, horse boarding operations nearly...

May 27, 2009

During the 2009 legislative session majority party leaders crafted a nearly $35 billion state operating budget that was balanced by raiding numerous pots of money, including an important one to trail...

May 26, 2009

Last December when the governor unveiled her state operating budget proposal, she asked the Legislature to refrain from tax increases. “Now is not the time to be raising taxes on our...

May 20, 2009

In my April report to the chambers of commerce, I provided a bill alert listing several pieces of legislation that may affect businesses. Now that the 2009 Legislature adjourned its session...

May 14, 2009

The 2009 legislative session adjourned April 26. Although the governor may call the Legislature into special session, it's time to look back at the regular session with my annual thumbs-up/thumbs down...

May 13, 2009

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