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In a previous update to you, I talked about the trifecta of proposals that could drastically increase the price we all pay at the pump. This could raise costs on those...

April 27, 2021

After two weeks of long, late night and weekend sessions, today is the “opposite house cut off.” Bills originating in the Senate have to pass the House, and vice versa. Otherwise,...

April 11, 2021

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