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Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, highlights legislation banning natural gas in homes and commercial buildings, a bill imposing a capital gains income tax, a proposal legalizing drug use and a repeated attempt...

Feb. 26, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, discusses the costs of removing the Snake river dams, how their removal does not ensure positive change, and why it is crucial to southeastern Washington. Wash. House...

Feb. 11, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, questions a Democratic bill that restricts arrests within a mile of courthouses in a conversation with Ed Dawson and Robb Francis on KONA. In a wide-ranging interview,...

Feb. 18, 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

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

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

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

Earlier today, Democrats in the House Finance Committee passed a series of tax increases including an income tax on capital gains. Their plan increases taxes on small business, employers, families and...

April 19, 2019