Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


After two weeks of further negotiations, budget writers in the House and Senate finally reached agreement and the special session ended late Tuesday night. As expected, the final supplemental budget looks...

April 1, 2016

With budget negotiators unable to bridge the gap between living within our means or raising taxes, the Legislature is once again heading to a special session. Governor Jay Inslee called an...

March 15, 2016

we're hearing there is a rumor that perhaps they're too far apart and there will be no supplemental budget

March 8, 2016

I want to thank those of you who were able to join us for our 9th District telephone town hall this week.  I appreciated your involvement and the conversations we had...

Feb. 27, 2016

This is the last reminder to please join your 9th District legislators at our upcoming telephone town hall.  Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Mary Dye and I will be hosting the one-hour event...

Feb. 19, 2016

Accountability and transparency need to be restored and strengthened at all levels of government.

Feb. 12, 2016

The state Senate brought up Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson this afternoon for confirmation after her appointment to the post three years ago by Gov. Jay Inslee. They voted to not...

Feb. 6, 2016

As we finish up this third week of the 2016 legislative session it's become abundantly clear there are four things the House Democrat majority does NOT want to discuss: charter school...

Jan. 29, 2016

This second week of the 2016 legislative session was an interesting one.  Monday was Martin Luther King Day where his legacy and life were honored on the House floor with speeches.  We...

Jan. 22, 2016

The 2016 session has begun.  This short session is scheduled for 60 days and I see no reason we can't finish on time and be home by the middle of March. ...

Jan. 15, 2016