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In a previous update to you, I talked about the trifecta of proposals that could drastically increase the price we all pay at the pump. This could raise costs on those...

April 27, 2021

After two days of debate, Democrats in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a seven percent tax on capital gains income exceeding 250-thousand dollars from the sale of long-term...

April 21, 2021

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Gov. Inslee has rolled back three counties to Phase 2: Pierce, Cowlitz, and Whitman. I continue to have concerns that one person is controlling the lives,...

April 16, 2021

The House passed a $58.2 billion 2021-23 operating budget this afternoon that relies on an unnecessary, unpopular, and likely unconstitutional income tax on capital gains. As I've said before, state tax...

April 3, 2021

Over a decade ago, in November of 2007, Washington voters proved their intelligence, foresight, and practicality by approving the state's constitutional “rainy-day fund.”  Here is an excerpt from the Voters' Guide:...

April 2, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joins Ed Dawson and Robb Francis on KONA to discuss a proposed income tax on capital gains and a pair of clean energy bills that would raise...

March 30, 2021

As I mentioned in last week's update, the state Supreme Court recently ruled against our state's felony drug possession law (including drugs like heroin, meth and fentanyl). This flawed and activist...

March 26, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses his opposition to proposed gas taxes, the proposed income tax, and his evaluation of the state economic recovery.

March 26, 2021

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly revenue forecast this week and the news is good for Washington state. Compared to the November forecast, tax revenues are up by...

March 19, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses his concerns over the proposed capital gains tax, and his thoughts on reopening developments.

March 16, 2021