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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

The head of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), Suzi LeVine, has not been held accountable for hundreds of millions of dollars lost last summer to a Nigerian scam. She was...

Feb. 8, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joins KONA Radio and expresses his concern about a proposal to replace county health departments with regional health boards in Washington state. Schmick also talks about legislation...

Feb. 2, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, explains why he reluctantly voted for Senate Bill 5061, which protected Washington businesses from $1.7 billion in unemployment insurance rate increases over the next four years. Schmick...

Feb. 1, 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

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

It's been nearly two months of a statewide quarantine. And, unless you live in certain parts of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it looks like much of the rest of the...

May 5, 2020