June 10, 2019
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Rep. Derek Stanford is the top pick of party leaders to fill seat of former Sen. Guy Palumbo

Leaders of the Democratic party in the 1st Legislative District would prefer Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, to the be their next senator. In a party meeting Sunday, the party leaders picked Stanford as their top choice among three candidates they are passing on to elected county council members in King and Snohomish counties to replace recently retired Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby.

County leaders can choose any of the three candidates when they vote on a replacement for Palumbo.

The second ranked choice after Stanford was Hillary Moralez, chairwoman of the Snohomish County Democrats. The third was Linda Tosti-Lane, whom Snohomish County Democrats Vice Chairman Bill Phillips said was a longtime Democratic activist and “a fixture in the 1st Legislative District,” The Herald reports.

In the event that county leaders choose Stanford, the party officials also ranked three candidates to fill the House seat that would open up: Bothell City Councilwoman Davina Duerr, Moralez and unsuccessful 2016 candidate Darshan Rauniyar.

The choice to fill the Senate seat could have statewide implications. Palumbo was a key no vote on a capital gains tax. Stanford is not opposed to the tax, and if appointed to the Senate, could be a key 25th vote in favor of a capital gains tax, should Democrats choose to pursue it during an election year in 2020.

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A way forward on immigration

By Edmund O. Schweitzer III and Jay Timmons

Manufacturers are in the business of building solutions. When we see a need to be filled or a problem to be solved, manufacturers go to work innovating and making the products that improve our daily lives. But we don't stop there. When we see our nation facing a challenge, we don't just call on our legislators to fix it; we also provide solutions.

That's exactly what manufacturers have done to help fix our nation's broken immigration system. Earlier this year, the National Association of Manufacturers released "A Way Forward," a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that bolsters border security while strengthening the economy and providing certainty for those immigrants who are anxious about their future...

Legislation soon up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and similar bills recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would provide a solution for these two populations, and manufacturers are calling on Congress to act swiftly. While this is not a comprehensive solution, these bills are a way to move our nation one step closer to a more functional immigration system, and for that reason, they should command strong, bipartisan support. It is simply the right thing to do...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
Unsustainable Budget Growth

State budget growth puts Washington in tight spot during next downturn

By AWB President Kris Johnson

State government will spend more than $52.8 billion over the next two years. This is an increase of about 18.3 percent over the previous two-year budget and one of the biggest increases in the last 25 years.

It's true there are many competing demands for resources, but lawmakers had $5.6 billion more to work with, before raising taxes. Rather than look for cost savings, they chose to raise more than $1 billion in new taxes.

It's a safe bet that most Washington families and small businesses did not increase their spending by 18.3 percent this year. This pace of expansion is unsustainable. When the tax collections drop, that usually means painful budget cuts and more tax increases.

Lawmakers made progress on important issues this year, but it came at a high cost. As they work through the interim and prepare for the next budget, our hope is that lawmakers will tap the brakes and slow the growth in state spending.

Washington has enjoyed years of strong economic growth, but we need to be prepared for the next downturn.

Read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
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