WASHINGTON has been highly regarded for the integrity of its state government, but that reputation is slipping. Even before questions arose about the state Department of Corrections scandal and state employees taking jobs at state-funded startups, The Center for Public Integrity lowered the state’s grade from a B-minus to a D-plus.
Washington’s years-long fight to put sunlight on tax breaks yielded a win for the public last week. The state Department of Revenue agreed to begin disclosing the amount of Boeing’s tax-break savings that were part of multibillion-dollar, tax-incentive packages approved by the Legislature for the aerospace sector in 2003 and 2013.
State Senate Republican majority once again killed my ethics bill to require a modest 1-year cooling off period before lawmakers & senior government officials can become corporate lobbyists. We're so much better as a state than what we've come. Elections matter. ... See MoreSee Less
During this time of political disequilibrium in our nation, let's hope that we can choose to engage in public issues together and make meaningful progress toward improving everyone's quality of life. Thank you for your vote and support. I will strive to continue to represent our community in the state senate with a firm resolve to find solutions that are outside of the grip of stale ideas and status quo thinking. We are in this together. ... See MoreSee Less