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I hope you had a good St. Patrick's Day and that your NCAA brackets are holding up better than mine. Dr. Arun Raha, our state's chief economist, released the state revenue...

March 18, 2011

In my video update this week, I talk about ways to get Washington working again. Spokane County is experiencing an unemployment rate that is higher than the state and national averages,...

March 10, 2011

Just a quick reminder that I will be holding a telephone town hall meeting tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It's easy to participate. All you have to do is call...

March 8, 2011

Please accept an invitation to participate in my telephone town hall meeting Tuesday, March 8. The community conversation, which is like a call-in radio show, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and...

March 4, 2011

Our state budget crisis has reached a tipping point. The chart below demonstrates how state spending outpaced state revenues (tax collections) from 2005 to 2010. It also shows revenue projections for...

Feb. 24, 2011

According to The Economist magazine, two-thirds of jobs created in the United States in 2010 were done so in just 11 states. Twenty percent were created in Texas. Washington is not...

Feb. 17, 2011

Week five of the legislative session is coming to a close and I wanted to touch base before I head back to spend time with my family in Spokane. My number...

Feb. 11, 2011

This is day 16 of the legislative session. Yesterday, I joined my fellow state representatives in voting on a bill that attempts to address the shortfall in our state budget that...

Jan. 25, 2011

Week one of the 2011 legislative session included the swearing in of state lawmakers, addresses by Governor Chris Gregoire and Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, and other ceremonial activities....

Jan. 20, 2011

Due to election-year restrictions, this will be my last e-mail update until November. Please feel free to contact my office, however, with any questions, concerns or suggestions about our community and...

May 11, 2010