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It is said that a person is made up of body, spirit and soul. Many translate this relative to their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. We've been fighting the coronavirus by...

May 6, 2020

Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, discusses her efforts to help small businesses by reducing the tax burden and enacting regulatory reform that emphasizes agency assistance before enforcement.

Feb. 10, 2020

House Bill 1110 would implement a California-style low carbon fuel standard – meaning it would mandate a change in the makeup of motor fuel sold in Washington state. It's a priority of...

Jan. 30, 2020

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family and friends. Beginning tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 1, legislators will be under election-year restrictions until Jan. 13, the first day of session....

Nov. 30, 2019

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased...

Oct. 17, 2019

In his first Inaugural Address on Jan. 20, 1981, President Ronald Reagan noted that growth of government jeopardizes what we as Americans hold to be most precious — our freedoms. “We...

Oct. 17, 2019

A public hearing was held Friday at the state Capitol on a bill that would help law enforcement identify illicit massage parlors. Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, is the prime sponsor of...

Jan. 26, 2019

When I came to Olympia, I made a promise to promote and sponsor legislation that brings a higher level of accountability to state government. Accountability and fiscal responsibility need to be...

Feb. 8, 2018

Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, is working with her colleagues in the House and Senate to push for an across-the-board manufacturing tax cut that was vetoed in the previous legislative session. The...

Jan. 29, 2018

After several months of tough negotiations, lawmakers approved the state’s two-year construction budget. As you know, the capital budget provides funding for infrastructure needs across Washington State, including the 17th District.

Jan. 22, 2018