Newsletters

March 02, 2024

E-News: Three down, three to go! Initiatives are moving… and that’s a good thing!

It’s rare to be part of a committee hearing for an initiative to the Legislature, because in the past 30 years only one such measure had received enough voter signatures to qualify (this year a record SIX were qualified and submitted). This is from our Wednesday-morning hearing on Initiative 2113,...
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February 25, 2024

E-News: Check your energy bill! How does the cap-and-trade law affect you?

As a supporter of the six initiatives submitted to the Legislature this year, I appreciated being able to say a few words Friday to a crowd of others who rallied on the Capitol steps because they feel the same way! February 25, 2024 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Tomorrow is Day...
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February 16, 2024

E-News: Think every legislator puts the safety of children first? Think again

  February 16, 2024 Hello Friends and Neighbors, As of today there are 20 days left in this year’s session. With the exception of budget updates, we’re through with moving Senate bills across to the House of Representatives, and are back to meeting as committees – this time to consider...
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February 09, 2024

E-News: Senate majority bows to pressure, drops bid for record property-tax increase

Hello Friends and Neighbors, If you own property or a home or rent your home… this week didn’t start out well. My colleagues in the Senate majority were all set to open the door to the largest property-tax increase in Washington history. The bill to enable this (SB 5770) was...
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January 26, 2024

E-News: Senate passes my pro-child, anti-fentanyl bill… again

At this point in the 2024 session the Senate’s work is focused on the policy committees, which have through next Wednesday to act on Senate bills. This is from our Law & Justice meeting yesterday, where the list of bills we considered included legislation to help communities rebuild their law-enforcement...
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January 13, 2024

Session gets under way, massive tax hike already being proposed

When I and other budget leaders met with news reporters to preview our session I spoke about the need to be conservative about appropriating the billions of dollars collectively generated by the capital-gains income tax, the long-term care payroll tax and the cap-and-trade law, because those sources would go away...
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December 22, 2023

E-News: Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello Friends and Neighbors, You’re probably busy with holiday-related things so I’ll make this brief. The next legislative session begins two weeks from Christmas Day – that’s Monday, January 8. To repeat the invitation made in my previous e-newsletter, I’d like to hear any ideas you have for legislation. After...
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November 22, 2023

E-Newsletter: Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, While the next legislative session won’t begin until January 8, the prep work is already under way. Earlier this month several members of our Clark County legislative delegation visited the Fort Vancouver clinic operated by Fresenius Medical Care, where we talked with staff and...
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September 14, 2023

E-News: The ‘gaslighting’ about high gas prices continues

Sept. 14, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Earlier this week the gas-prices webpage from AAA had this headline: “Gas Prices Slump Slightly as Summer’s End Approaches.” Maybe in other states, but not ours. When I last checked in with you, it was mid-July and gas in Skamania County was $5.22...
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July 15, 2023

E-News: Nation’s highest gas prices, new tax on workers make WA affordability crisis worse

July 15, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Like many of you, my husband Tracy and I have friends and family in other states, which is why we were in the Idaho panhandle for the Fourth of July. Having seen gas prices climb steadily in our state all year long, it...
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