Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


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...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last week we talked about the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget proposal.  This week, House Democrats released their operating budget plan for the next two years.  While...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I want to thank those of you who were able to participate in our 9th District telephone town hall last night.  We had nearly 1,200 participants in...

I want to remind you about my upcoming telephone town hall with Rep. Mary Dye tomorrow night, Thursday, March 23 from 6 – 7 p.m.  You can call (509) 724-2970 to listen...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It’s been a busy week in Olympia.  We just finished up with floor action last week.  We passed 376 bills with 122 of them being sponsored by House...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After spending the last two weeks debating and voting on legislation, we’re now passed the house of origin cutoff.  Any House bill that hasn’t passed the House...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week was filled with long sessions where legislators debated on amendments and legislation on the House floor.  We usually caucus as a group on 20 to...

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’re past the policy committee cutoff and are now finishing the fiscal committee cutoff.  As a member of the House Appropriations Committee this means committee meetings long...