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For the first time since 2014, the Legislature adjourned on time this year. That was a bit of good news in what was otherwise quite a challenging session.

March 16, 2018

As usual, we had excellent turnout at the town hall meeting in Kent this past weekend. Rep. Sullivan, Sen. Fain and I covered a lot of topics, including education, transportation, school...

Feb. 22, 2018

Although Republicans in Olympia have introduced bills and amendments to provide significant relief to those burdened by the tax and fee hikes in Sound Transit 3, Democrats have insisted on providing...

Feb. 6, 2018

In a 78-17 vote Monday, the House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove to ease restrictions on what microbreweries and wineries are allowed to sell at farmers markets.

Jan. 30, 2018

After many months of intense negotiations, the Legislature finally passed a bill late last week to fix the state Supreme Court's disastrous Hirst decision.

Jan. 23, 2018

After 193 days and three special sessions, the 2017 legislative session finally came to a close last Thursday. While we were able to pass an operating budget and a transportation budget,...

July 28, 2017

In what seemingly has become the norm, budget negotiators were unable to come to an agreement on the 2017-19 operating budget before the end of the regular session. As a result,...

April 26, 2017

Washington House Republicans want six economic and transportation reforms before they consider a House Democratic package to raise the state gas tax by 10 cents. The minority party’s plan would create...

March 7, 2013

Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington, was given the Cornerstone Award by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) for his support of business-friendly legislation throughout the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions. AWB gives...

April 2, 2012

Washington has an unemployment rate stalled at 9.2 percent, with a “real” unemployment rate of around 18 percent if those who are under-employed or have given up looking for work are...

Feb. 1, 2011