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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...

Gary Bégin
  They were from 19 to 37-years-old. Here are their names, ages and hometowns: • Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, Palmyra, Virginia • Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, San Diego, California • Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, Oakville, Connecticut • Noe Hernandez, 26, Weslaco, Texas • Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, Chula...
Now that millions of teenagers across America have suddenly found themselves free of high school, they should be encouraged to find employment instead of immediately starting more school. I know most of these recent graduates have already applied and been accepted to college, but I implore them,...
 We have a real piece of work for a president.   Despite Trump consistently touting throughout the campaign trail that he was a ‘different candidate’ compared to other politicians, his presidency has done little to validate those claims. His latest move to pull out of the Paris Agreement - despite...
21st Century Unionism Starting in Central Washington   Change comes slowly in the world of education, but central Washington schoolteachers are embracing a revolutionary new change - they are taking back control of their profession.   Nearly all teachers in the state of Washington are stuck in a...

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