Guest commentary

   

We need to manage forests better

The Senate should approve the Resilient Federal Forests Act, requiring the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to dramatically improve the health and resiliency of federal forests and rangelands.

July 15, 2015 midnight read more..
   

Time to revisit Black Rock project

Black Rock could become more than just an irrigation reservoir; it would ease the demand to divert water from the Yakima River for irrigation, leaving more water in the river, which would raise stream flows, which in turn would improve salmon and steelhead habitat.

July 1, 2015 midnight read more..
 

Repeal mandatory labelling rules

The U.S. must play by the rules we agreed to with our biggest trading partners and export markets. Time is running out to avoid the costly penalty of trade sanctions. I’m urging the Senate to repeal mandatory labeling requirements.

June 17, 2015 8 a.m. read more..


State income tax? Not so fast

Washington’s State Supreme Court tossed out our state income tax in 1933 and several efforts to amend our constitution to re-impose it have failed. Some income tax proponents say the time might be ripe again to take another run at changing the constitution. Not so fast ...

June 17, 2015 8 a.m. read more..


Protecting Dead Horse Cliff, lands

While the protection and management of state trust lands must always come first, I will continue to work with our community to ensure appropriate use of these lands.

June 10, 2015 8 a.m. read more..
 

Whose talking tax cuts in Olympia? Nobody

In Olympia these days, lawmakers are high-centered in a second special session over the budget to operate the state for the next two years. The stalemate has come down to the choice of raising taxes or funding government with current revenues.

June 10, 2015 8 a.m. read more..


The EPA's waterway power grab

Congress can and should reverse the EPA and Corps effort to expand federal control over waterways and restore sensible collaboration with states and local stakeholders to protect our waters.

June 3, 2015 8 a.m. read more..