This Earth Day Let's Move Beyond 1970s Environmentalism
It is Earth Day. For some, this is the day to take the streets and show, in an overtly public way, their virtuousness and commitment to the planet. The real decisions that help the environment, however, are not made at political rallies but every day by farmers, homeowners, and businesses, looking to use fewer resources – saving money and being good stewards of the environment.
Those who believe in personal freedom have (rightly) perceived Earth Day as a political rally aimed at their beliefs and way of life. We should not, however, allow the left to commandeer values we hold – a belief in stewardship and an appreciation for natural majesty and beauty. Instead, we should show those whose concern for the environment is sincere – not just political – that it is time to replace 1970s environmentalism with smartphone environmentalism to make every day Earth Day.Read the entire blog
Governor to call lawmakers back for special session to start next week
Although lawmakers have two more days remaining in this year’s 105-day Regular Session, it looks like many of them plan to leave town before the weekend. House and Senate members are making floor speeches today thanking each other, legislative staff, and even Capitol Cafeteria workers for their good work and support—gestures customarily made just before the legislature adjourns.Read the entire blog
Special session likely as lawmakers head toward adjournment without key budget agreements
Time is running out for state lawmakers in Olympia as this year’s 105-day Regular Session approaches final adjournment in just a few days on Sunday, April 23rd. Barring last-minute agreements on key budget and education funding measures, a special session now appears to be inevitable.Read the entire blog