Published on Thu, Jan 17, 2002
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Washington Legislature

By Representative Doug Ericksen

2001- what a year! As we come to the end of the first year of the new millennium, it’s clear our state is at a significant crossroads. At a time when our economy is struggling and the state is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion, citizens are looking for leaders to provide strong and focused guidance.

We have our work cut out for us. It will be critical for the Legislature to use forethought and spend every tax dollar wisely and efficiently. Although there is no denying our state is facing a budget crisis, we must be diligent in keeping tax increases out of the equation until we can assure the public that its tax dollars are being spent wisely.

During the 2001 legislative session, I worked to rebuild the public’s trust by finding and adopting ways for government to save money and operate more efficiently. Incorporating efficiencies and reallocating existing tax revenue will ensure taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned dollars. I am very proud of progress we made.

As we approach the 2002 session, I remain committed to ensuring local transportation projects continue to progress toward completion. Another priority of mine will be to continue working with local, state and federal officials on the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District sewage treatment facility expansion project.

Whether solving our budget crisis, ensuring clean water for our community or moving forward on transportation projects, that will keep people and businesses moving, my guiding principle will continue to protect the taxpayer by using every tax dollar wisely and efficiently.

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