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When the Legislature convened last year for the 2020 session, our economy was healthy and increased tax collections gave our state a surplus of about $2.3 billion.  Over objections from Republicans...

Feb. 24, 2021

As the ranking Republican on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, I'm working hard to make health care more affordable and accessible to our citizens.  Anyone who has worked in...

Feb. 3, 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

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

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

The 2020 legislative session is in full swing and the familiar issues of tax increases, $30 car tabs, gun rights, homelessness, crime and public safety are at the center of much...

Jan. 23, 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

'I believe our firefighters are well-trained, well-equipped, and well-able to assess their safety and those they're rescuing,' says Schmick In April of 2019, flash floods rushed into certain parts of Pullman,...

Jan. 15, 2020

As you may have heard, the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is fining the City of Pullman for the fire department's rescue of several citizens during the April floods....

Oct. 10, 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