Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


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

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Nov. 24, 2015

There's truth to the old saying, “Nothing looks better than Olympia in your rearview mirror.”  After months of work, the 2015 Legislature finally adjourned with an agreed-upon budget.  While I'm not happy...

July 14, 2015

I sincerely believe a handful of Democrats are holding up the process because they promised the special interest groups they represent that they would raise taxes at all costs.

May 28, 2015

The 2015 regular session has concluded and the Legislature is now in a "rolling" special session. This is when most lawmakers are sent back home and only a handful of...

May 1, 2015

At this point, the House Democrats have declined to even vote on the tax increases needed to fund their budget plan. In other words, it's just a "wish list" at...

April 17, 2015