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Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, highlights legislation banning natural gas in homes and commercial buildings, a bill imposing a capital gains income tax, a proposal legalizing drug use and a repeated attempt...

Feb. 26, 2021

While the entire state is now in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's “Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery Plan,” many of you have contacted my office asking about Phase 3. “Rep....

Feb. 25, 2021

When the Legislature convened last year for the 2020 session, our economy was healthy and increased tax collections gave our state a surplus of about $2.3 billion.  Over objections from Republicans...

Feb. 24, 2021

As I mentioned in last week's update, my colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus have introduced our 2021-23 operating budget framework. It is one of the first budget proposals...

Feb. 19, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses the republican budget proposal, not raising taxes, and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

Feb. 18, 2021

Gov. Inslee announced that most of Washington will be allowed to move to Phase 2 beginning Sunday, Feb. 14. Phase 2 allows limited indoor dining and fitness facilities to open. In...

Feb. 12, 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee held another press conference this week, announcing alterations to his “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan. While I'm grateful that he is revisiting his earlier decision and...

Jan. 29, 2021

It didn't take long for the majority party in the House to unveil their newest attempt at taking more taxpayer dollars. Here's an article from The Seattle Times: Gas taxes and...

Jan. 22, 2021

It's official. The 105-day 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to begin January 11, will be a “remote session.” Click here to see the House plan for the legislative session. The...

Jan. 7, 2021

When Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that 10 Washington counties may be allowed to partially reopen amid his stay-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9th Legislative District team of...

May 6, 2020