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As the Legislature contemplates how to deal with a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, one of the more common phrases heard around the Capitol is “closing tax loopholes.” While this may seem...

April 7, 2011

Group highlights principles and key differences with House Democratic plan  House Republicans in the Washington State House of Representatives unveiled their alternative operating budget proposal in a news conference today. The...

April 6, 2011

'Let's get busy; let's get Washington working again; and let's get our budget finalized within the 105-day regular session,' says Orcutt Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama and new chair of the state's...

March 17, 2011

Events will be in Woodland, Battle Ground and Camas   Reps. Ed Orcutt and Ann Rivers and Sen. Joe Zarelli will be holding three town hall meetings Saturday, March 12. They...

March 4, 2011

'The voters have weighed in on this issue with enough frequency and fervor to warrant a place for it in the state constitution,' says Orcutt   Legislation was introduced in Olympia...

Jan. 21, 2011

House Republicans today announced the following committee changes: Remove Rep. Shelly Short from Early Learning and Human Services Committee and appoint Rep. Jason Overstreet to the committee. Rep. Mike Hope has...

Jan. 11, 2011

Legislators from Southwest Washington reacted positively to an announcement made today by the state Department of Corrections that Larch Correction Center will remain open and will be brought up to full...

Nov. 19, 2010

New numbers released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council show another $385 million decrease in revenues for the remainder of this biennium, and $809 million less for...

Nov. 18, 2010

  In August, Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, sent a letter to Governor Chris Gregoire requesting a temporary moratorium on all non-essential rulemaking activities by state agencies. Orcutt believes doing so will...

Nov. 17, 2010

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council issued bleak news today regarding the state's future intake of taxpayer dollars.  According to Dr. Arun Raha, executive director of the council, the...

Sept. 16, 2010