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Despite repeated requests from the press, legislators and citizens, Governor Jay Inslee has not yet identified a Phase 3 plan to re-open the state's economy. So legislative Republicans say they'll do...

March 4, 2021

In response to sharply declining COVID-19 case rates and hospitalization rates statewide, legislative Republicans today announced a simple, practical and consistent plan to get all communities in Washington fully open for...

March 4, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses voting against the low carbon fuel standard, the policy cut-off date, and what higher gas prices would mean for Washingtonians. Wash. House Republicans · 03-03-21 –...

March 3, 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

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