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COLUMN: Progress Report for 2017

2017 is now behind us; we are mid-way through the 115th Congress, and it is timely to take stock and focus on the progress made for Central Washington and the country during the past year.

COLUMN: Promise Kept on Reducing Tax Burdens

For hard working families and entrepreneurs in Central Washington, keeping more of your own paycheck was my goal in supporting historic legislation approved by Congress, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The last time the nation’s federal tax system was overhauled was in 1986, under President Ronald Reagan.

COLUMN: Listen to Local Voices on Preserving Dams

Even well-intentioned crusades in the name of the environment can cause real economic consequences for communities on our side of the “Cascade divide.” I was disappointed that Governor Jay Inslee recently chose to side with west-side interest groups that are seeking to increase spill or even breach the federal dams on the lower Snake River. Our Mid-Columbia communities would pay the price.

COLUMN: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel

“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion….If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!”

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