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It's been more than two months since Gov. Jay Inslee announced his “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan on January 5.  While I am grateful that all of Washington is...

March 11, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, talks about the comprehensive sex education bill recently passed by the House that encountered strong parental and Republican opposition. The 9th District lawmaker also addresses recent coronavirus...

March 6, 2020

House Democrats early this morning passed one of the most glaring examples of state government overreach that I've ever seen. In blatant disregard to the over 600 parents, teachers, students and...

March 5, 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, discusses gun control, specifically a measure that was recently introduced and would place limits on high capacity magazines. Additionally, Schmick talks about affordable housing and the controversial...

Feb. 21, 2020

We are spending long hours on the House floor, including late into the evening several nights this week. The cycle of “briefing, debating and voting on legislation” continues over each series...

Feb. 14, 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

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

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