Category Archives: Environment

Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Pricing Model, Part 2






Last week’s newsletter on Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Action Pricing Model got a lot of comments – about three times the normal amount. Thanks for reading it! The bill has arrived in the Appropriations committee and we will spend some time … Continue reading




Posted in Budget, Environment, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Pricing Proposal






I’ve gotten a lot of email this year about Governor Inslee’s climate proposal, both pro and con. Mostly pro, but a number of questions have come up and I’d like to take the opportunity to address them. I have no … Continue reading




Posted in Budget, Environment, Tax Policy | Tagged | 2 Comments

Lawmakers seek community input on state budget






Posted on January 5, 2015 Rep. Ross Hunter How would you solve Washington state’s $4.4 billion budget problem? That’s the central question Senator-elect Cyrus Habib (D-Kirkland) and Representative Ross Hunter (D-Medina) will be asking their constituents at a town hall … Continue reading




Posted in Budget, Business Climate, Education, Environment, Health Care, Public Safety, Social Justice, Tax Policy, Transportation | Comments Off on Lawmakers seek community input on state budget

Fail: Congress Working on Toxics Policy






With the exception of education policy, there’s probably no other issue where states’ rights are paramount than when it comes to the health of its residents. Congress is currently considering a bill that would have devastating consequences to public health … Continue reading




Posted in Environment, Health Care, Public Safety, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fail: Congress Working on Toxics Policy

Update on Floating Signs in Lake Washington






Seattle is saying no, he cannot float the sign. WSDOT has many more words to the same effect that I’ve included below. We are working with all the mayors surrounding the lake to make sure that this visual blight does … Continue reading




Posted in Environment, Transportation | 1 Comment

More on Toxic Flame Retardants






In 2005, 2006, and 2007 I championed a bill in the Legislature that prohibited the use of poly-brominated diethyl (PBDE) flame retardants in products sold in Washington State. I argued that PBDEs were toxic for children and unnecessary. It was … Continue reading




Posted in Environment | Comments Off on More on Toxic Flame Retardants

End of Session Budget Update






Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Washington State Legislature. It’s an honor and a privilege. This year was pretty “special.” There’s nothing like a little drama to spice up a legislator’s life. This session had it … Continue reading




Posted in Budget, Education, Environment, Health Care, Social Justice, Tax Policy | Comments Off on End of Session Budget Update

House Budget Proposal






Earlier this month I released the House budget proposal for 2011-13. Just before the end of the regular session, the Senate released their proposal. I asked for the job of chairman of the budget committee, but it’s clear my timing … Continue reading




Posted in Budget, Education, Environment, Health Care | Comments Off on House Budget Proposal

Conservation NW – People who do real work






Tricie and I spent last weekend in the Okanogan looking at the work of the local land trust and of Conservation NW, the umbrella organization that is working to protect a corridor between the Rockies and the Cascades. It’s an … Continue reading




Posted in Environment | Tagged | Comments Off on Conservation NW – People who do real work

EPA Response to Industry Phase-Out of DECA-BDE






I worked hard (successfully) to eliminate the use of this chemical in Washington. The ban spread to other states. The companies have finally thrown in the towel and are switching to a presumably better product. It’s nice to win one … Continue reading




Posted in Environment | Comments Off on EPA Response to Industry Phase-Out of DECA-BDE