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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Rethinking legislative natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legi... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Greg James    Opinion

Pragmatic approach to prostitution

In 2012, state voters decided to go where no other state ever had — they legalized adult-use marijuana, reversing 70 years of policy that by most measures was a waste of time and money. The prohibition against marijuana... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news from Hanford scientists

It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Deptartment of Energy recently announced nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Jeff Holy    Opinion

Verge of raising taxes, weakening public safety

The 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to end April 25, will be remembered for several things – some good, some bad. The candidates for the “bad” column may include a variety of new or increased taxes and fees that... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Why is the state Legislature still locked down?

The world is beginning to unfreeze after more than a year of physical and economic lockdowns. Many states have ended mask mandates, citing increasing vaccinations and decreasing cases. Others are allowing normal activities to... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

Businesses need liability reform

As communities struggle to emerge from the ravages of COVID-19 and the consequent devastation wrought by widespread economic shut-downs, one structural policy continues to impede... — Updated 4/15/2021

 

Senate operating budget is proof Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill 5092) was passed on April Fools’ Day. The sharp... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Union's back-door effort to kill popular charter school bill is telling

Lawmakers are rightly showing great concern about improving the quality, graduation rates, equal treatment and fairness in public schools. Some even say the traditional public... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Todd Myers    Opinion

Learn the lessons 2020 taught us

The poor are oppressed by the incompetent. It is a phrase that increasingly rings in my ears as I watch government bureaucracies and politicians provide false hope instead of... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Tim Sheldon    Opinion

Dodging the public capital gains vote reveals elitism

This will sound funny anywhere outside Olympia, but there is a question that for years has stumped half the Legislature. If an income tax is so good for the people of the state of W... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Perry Dozier    Opinion

Starter income tax is bad enough

Last week, the Legislature got a terrific piece of news. State tax collections have rebounded despite one of the worst economic situations we’ve ever faced. The latest projection... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Keeping America's semiconductor edge is paramount

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Still time for lawmakers to act on emergency powers reform

We are now more than halfway thru the 2021 Legislative Session and have passed the important House of Origin cutoff. This is technically when bills start to die. Among the bills... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

TVW, an antidote for dwindling trust in media

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Jim Honeyford    Opinion

Why is daylight saving still a thing?

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, daylight saving time for 2021 will begin, clocks will spring forward an hour, and Washingtonians will once again ask themselves how this annual... — Updated 3/11/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Austin's tax incentives, friendliness is working

These days the mere mention of tax incentives for factories touches off a major firestorm in Seattle and you’d better be looking for an expeditious way out of town. Not so in... — Updated 3/11/2021

 
 By Tim Eyman    Opinion

Eyman vows to appeal First Amendment restrictions

In the past 22 years, by working together with our thousands of heroic supporters, we’ve qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. They all limited the government’s... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs include the impact of breaching dams in his... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Judy Warnick    Opinion

Helping rural communities access affordable housing investments

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. There have been some challenges conducting business as usual for the Legislature during this unusual time... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Paul Guppy    Opinion

U-Haul's yearly move-out report shows a surge leaving Washington state

British historian Thomas Macaulay famously said, “The best government is one that desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.” That standard is clearly... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

'Work from home' to continue post-pandemic

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Mike Padden    Opinion

Access to democracy in the 2021 session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

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