Issues

Ed Orcutt has earned a reputation in Olympia as an effective, independent leader who works hard to make things happen for the families in Southwest Washington, including:

CREATING MORE FAMILY-WAGE JOBS

I believe the state should treat employers, who generate tax dollars and create needed family-wage jobs, as partners, not the enemy. I back up that belief by supporting legislation to encourage the growth of all businesses and to help preserve existing jobs in our communities. It is critical for us to protect existing jobs, to enable employers to expand and create new jobs, and to attract new employers to our area.

MANAGING OUR AREA'S NATURAL RESOURCES

During every legislative session, my goal is to enable the use of our state's valuable natural resources. By working with my colleagues I have been able to achieve this goal, while ensuring private citizens are protected against unnecessary regulations. That means protecting farmers' ability to farm and protecting forest landowners' ability to grow and harvest timber.

MAKING GOVERNMENT LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS

State government must be required to live within its means. That's what your family, and mine, must do every day. Funding good schools is a responsibility I take very seriously. We need to set priorities and fund education first — not last. We need to fund education, public safety, and services for our most vulnerable citizens out of existing revenue — not hold them hostage for approval of new taxes.

October 19, 2012 – Watch Video of Dan talking to the Chronicle.

October 15, 2012 – Radio Spot on KGY Radio

October 10, 2012 –Thurston Community Television LWV Forum 2012 - State Rep Dist 20 pos2

October 8,2012 – Initiative 1185 Debate: State Representative Reuven Carlyle debates State Representative Ed Orcutt over Initiative 1185, a measure to require 2/3 majority vote for any tax increases.