Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


The 60-day 2018 legislation session began this week.  Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his state-of-the state address on Tuesday.  While he is once again calling for additional as well as increased taxes, he also spent much...

Dear friends and neighbors, I hope you are able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas and holiday season with family and friends.  It’s hard to believe that another legislative session is just...

Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s fair season has wrapped up.  It was great to see many of you out and about in our communities.  Our rural fairs, parades and community...

Dear friends and neighbors, Now that most of us are in the “back to school” swing of things, I want to let you know about the opportunity your student has to serve in...

In what may be the biggest attack on our property rights in my lifetime, the Legislature was unable to come to an agreement on a fix to allow rural landowners access...

After months of negotiations, the Legislature passed a budget last week that increases spending for education, kept state government from a partial shutdown, and includes new investments in mental health services....

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After a 105-day regular session, and a 30-day special session, budget negotiators are still at it as we’re now into a second special session.  I am currently back...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As many of us feared, budget negotiators have not yet reached an agreement on our next two-year operating budget.  This is very frustrating.  I believe our constituents...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week the House passed its version of the next two-year transportation budget.  This $8.56 billion budget includes money for: Retention and recruitment of highly qualified state troopers. Maintenance...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The House released its capital budget proposal for the 2017-19 biennium this week.  The capital budget is often called the “bricks and mortar” budget as it includes...