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It's hard to believe another year has passed, but the 2020 session is already here. Of course, that means we're all a year older and a year wiser. The first week...

Jan. 20, 2020

Winter is in the air and that means the 2020 legislative session is fast approaching. Our last session wrapped up in April. Since then, I've been visiting schools, community groups, and...

Nov. 27, 2019

Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, discusses the Democrats change to the nonresident sales tax exemption and the impacts on Southwest Washington.

Sept. 23, 2019

Last month, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) proposed significant changes to the state's existing overtime rules that could curtail the growth of employers and have devastating consequences...

July 22, 2019

Earlier today in the House Finance Committee, the 9-4 Democrat majority voted to increase taxes on Washingtonians by more than $4 billion over the next four years. The new taxes approved...

April 19, 2019

If Democrats succeed in changing the state's nonresident sales tax exemption, we will almost certainly see local businesses close, jobs lost, and more families struggling to make ends meet in Clark...

April 6, 2019

The Legislature is in its third week and we are seeing bills, bills, and more bills. As of Tuesday, the House has introduced 761 bills and the Senate 743. In this...

Jan. 29, 2019

Forty years of raw nerves over the devastation caused to the state’s timber industry by protection of the spotted owl came to the surface Monday night on the floor of the...

Feb. 13, 2018

Less than two weeks into the 2018 legislative session lawmakers reached an agreement on a Hirst solution and a capital budget. Thursday night the Legislature passed the Hirst fix, Senate Bill 6091, the capital...

Jan. 22, 2018

Although a proposed reduction in the state’s business and occupation tax for manufacturers met the governor’s veto pen last year, state House Republicans say it’s still a good plan to create...

Jan. 10, 2018