Now more than ever, job creation is on everyone's mind. In Spokane County alone, the unemployment rate for May was 9.1%. When considering ANY legislation, the Washington Legislature has an obligation to determine its impact on our job creators. Agencies, as well, must write and administer regulations that adhere only to the intent of the law and not expand beyond it. One concern I hear repeated throughout the district is that given a federal law, state agencies regulate BEYOND what that federal law demands. There's no question that we want our water, our soil and our air to be clean, but a "command and control" regulatory scheme hurts our economy and doesn't give credit to our resource managers for the outstanding efforts they're currently makings.