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The majority party in Olympia passed a business and occupation (B&O) tax increase last night, despite strenuous objections from Republicans. We offered more than 30 amendments (none were accepted) to Senate...

Feb. 7, 2020

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses the negative impact a democrat-proposed business and occupation (B&O) tax would have on his constituents. Schmick also talks about his bill designed to increase EMT retention.

Feb. 7, 2020

Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a low-carbon fuel standard on Wednesday night. Studies show it will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon, and...

Jan. 31, 2020

Rep. Joe Schmick votes 'no' on the Democrats' low carbon fuel standard and explains on the House floor how the scheme will hurt farmers and families in his district.

Jan. 30, 2020

The vehicle-miles-traveled tax is back, folks. It's been “re-branded” as the Road Usage Charge, or RUC. You can watch the House Transportation Committee work session on the RUC from yesterday, here....

Jan. 24, 2020

With the 2020 legislative session in full swing, it's time to remind folks how they can stay connected and involved in YOUR state government. The Ledger is a legislative news aggregator that...

Jan. 17, 2020

We are back in Olympia for this year's 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13, and it didn't take long to learn what Gov. Jay Inslee and his Democratic friends who...

Jan. 15, 2020

It's often said that living a rural lifestyle is a choice, which of course has its unique set of challenges and benefits.  When individuals and families across out state come together...

Sept. 26, 2019

In the dark of night this past weekend, legislators from the majority party increased taxes on Washingtonians to the tune of about $2 billion over the next four years. This happened...

May 1, 2019

The 9th Legislative District team of Sen. Mark Schoesler and Reps. Mary Dye and Joe Schmick applauded today's passage of a new two-year state capital (construction) budget that includes funding for...

April 28, 2019