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Former 13th District Senator Harold Hochstatter used to say, “The issue isn't the issue; who decides the issue is the issue.” Right now, that is never more relevant than when talking...

April 14, 2017

There have been a lot of conversations in Olympia the past few months about adding new taxes. But taxpayers are already going to pay $3 billion in additional taxes in this...

April 17, 2015

On March 13, the Legislature concluded the 60-day, 2014 legislative session. As with any budget process, especially the supplemental budget undertaken during the shorter session of each biennium, important projects are...

April 29, 2014

Supreme Court now legislates – what’s next? There is a clear principle outlined in the state constitution, based on our federal model, called the separation of powers. This is the system of...

Jan. 27, 2014

Even in a Slow Economy, State Government Wages a War on Work As Washington state faces persistent and systemic high levels of unemployment, we should be asking ourselves one simple question: why...

April 4, 2013

Last Thursday was a bad day for Washington. It was a worse day for Washington taxpayers. The Washington State Supreme Court struck down the requirement that the Legislature pass new tax...

March 6, 2013