Articles written by Sen. Mike Padden

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WA Cares program should be personal choice

As many struggle to make ends meet because of inflation and our state having the most expensive gas in the nation, the last thing they want is to pay a big new tax. Yet, that is exactly what...

 

Senate Democrats choose to 'study' police pursuit issue instead of fixing it

A key issue needing legislative action during this year’s session is public safety – and for good reason. In recent years, Washington has seen an alarming increase in crime, some of it the result...

 

Because freedom matters

We are now less than two weeks away from end of the 2021 legislative session. It’s been a very busy time, wrapping up work in committees and marathon evening and weekend sessions voting on bills on...

 

Legislature must take chronically impaired drivers off the roads

As much as we would love to see an end to impaired driving and with it, the need to keep sponsoring DUI legislation, we unfortunately know there is still much work to be done. Last week the Senate...

 

Reopen businesses under Bill 5114

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of a Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or...

 

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