Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


Greetings from the North Pole!  No, I’m not really in Santa’s backyard – it just feels that way!  Without the snowplows and de-icers that many Eastern Washington communities have, Olympia turns...

Jan. 20, 2012

As most of you know, the Legislature met for special session last month in an effort to solve our state’s projected $2 billion shortfall.  Many of my colleagues and I were...

Jan. 13, 2012

The Legislature passed a “partial budget solution” this week and has adjourned until the 2012 regular session which begins in January.  While I’m frustrated that the Legislature was unable to arrive...

Dec. 15, 2011

While we continue to seek solutions to our state’s projected budget shortfall it is important to keep in mind that state revenues are on pace to grow 6.9 percent more than...

Dec. 7, 2011

Today was the first day of the 30-day special legislative session called by Gov. Chris Gregoire.  Our task over the next month is to deal with a projected $2 billion shortfall...

Nov. 28, 2011

Communities in our part of the state generally are not thought of as “urban.”  Even so, local governments in the 9th District are being forced to comply with urban-level stormwater management...

July 27, 2011

After a 105-day session, and an extra 30-day special session, the 2011 Legislature finally wrapped up its work last week.  While I’m happy to be back in the district after a...

June 1, 2011

I am in Olympia this weekend as the House and Senate Democrats try to come to an agreement on a budget and workers’ compensation reforms.  Despite working on only six bills...

May 22, 2011

We are now in the third week of a special session that has been anything but “special.”  You all know why the Legislature didn’t finish its work during the 105-day regulars...

May 10, 2011

Well, despite knowing about our $5.1 budget shortfall since November, majority Democrats in the House and Senate failed to agree upon a budget solution.  This is a sad day for taxpayers. ...

April 22, 2011