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If you speak with any local veteran in Central Washington, as I do regularly, you will likely hear stories of frustration with the Veterans Administration. While there are many dedicated staff and VA providers, our veterans deserve so much more than long drives and long wait times to receive the...
I don’t have all the answers, but no one human does. So here’s the plan: Allow unlimited immigration to the United States with the caveat that all males and females immediately enlist in the military, branch of their choice, as a price for admission. Once they serve a four year contract, which...
No matter how much proof is offered that mankind has had minimal or no impact on global temperature, there are those who would still rather believe gross distortions and lies based on science fraud than the truth, wrote environmental scientist Dr. Michael S. Coffman in the Fall edition of Range...
Modern American business now seeks to do everything via smart phone apps, websites, texting and gasp, “digital coupons.” Now, being fond of ketchup, especially on my “freedom fries,” hamburgers (free range) and even salmon (wild caught) cakes, I was exhilarated to discover ketchup on sale for .99...
When the income tax salesman comes to your door promising to make you an offer you can’t refuse remember to choose wisely. If you don’t the next words you may hear out of his mouth will be “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.” Though always sold as a targeted tax on the...
OLYMPIA—Democrats’ failure to prioritize a fix to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision on water rights is jeopardizing revenue needed for state collective bargaining contracts. The Hirst decision radically departed from decades of past precedent and practice in establishing permitting rules for...
  By Jason Mercier   After getting over the initial shock of nearly 1,000 pages of spending, taxes and education policy being released and acted on without any measure of transparency or time for public comment, I finally have had a chance to review the 2017-19 budget deal. Combined with yesterday’...

State Rep. Cary Condotta
  Just hours before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle Friday, the Washington House of Representatives passed a two-year state operating budget of $43.7 billion. Senate Bill 5883 was approved by a vote of 70-25. In addition to the budget, lawmakers took action on an education funding bill that...

State Rep. Mike Steele
  Friends and neighbors, I’m sending an update to inform you the legislature has passed, and the governor has signed, the 2017-19 operating budget ahead of the midnight deadline. We have averted a government shutdown. Additionally, the operating budget also includes House Bill 2242, which fully...

Senator Brad Hawkins
  Dear 12th District Friends and Neighbors,  Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 12th District state senator. I am pleased to share that on Friday afternoon, the Legislature approved a new two-year operating budget in time for it to be signed by the governor and take effect today, when...

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