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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

April 28, 2020

The 2020 legislative session is over. While I plan on sending out a more comprehensive issue update in the near future, I wanted to share some important information about the coronavirus,...

March 20, 2020

It seems some in Olympia have forgotten that a “supplemental” budget is for small adjustments, course changes, emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. The budget released this week – and passed tonight –...

Feb. 28, 2020

The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its updated economic forecast for the quarter and the news is astounding: more money than ever coming into the state! The strong economy,...

Feb. 21, 2020

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, talks with Glenn Vaagan of the Washington Ag Network about the potential impact of removing four Snake River dams, as recently suggested by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown....

Feb. 19, 2020

Voters around the state should be concerned that their voice is not being heard in Olympia.  Two of the first bills passed by the House of Representatives would increase business taxes...

Feb. 18, 2020

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joins KONA Radio's Robb Francis to explain Republican opposition to a bill that would significantly reduce the penalty for intentionally infecting another person with HIV. Schmick also...

Feb. 13, 2020