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Gov. Chris Gregoire announced today she will call for the Legislature to convene for a 30-day special session beginning Nov. 28, 2011. Her decision comes after the state's chief economist reported...

Sept. 22, 2011

The state's chief economist Dr. Arun Raha issued an updated state revenue forecast today predicting a $1.4 billion drop in revenue over the next biennium, leaving a $1.27 billion shortfall for...

Sept. 15, 2011

My first legislative session in Olympia could be likened to a rollercoaster – many ups and downs, with lots of twists and turns. While tough decisions and difficult negotiations drew attention...

Aug. 2, 2011

After a 105-day regular session and an additional 30-day special session, the 2011 Legislature finally adjourned last week. As I returned to the district after my first legislative session I could...

June 2, 2011

The Legislature has passed the 2011-13 state operating budget. The bill passed on a 54–42 vote in the House of Representatives. Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, voted “no” and issued the following...

May 26, 2011

A lot has happened in Olympia since my last e-mail update. It was announced state revenue projections have dropped again, workers’ compensation reform is being tied up in the House by...

March 30, 2011

Last Friday we passed a supplemental budget agreement, House Bill 1086, to address the deficit in the current two-year operating budget, which runs through June 30. Unfortunately, it bears too much...

Feb. 22, 2011