Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


It seems some in Olympia have forgotten that a “supplemental” budget is for small adjustments, course changes, emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. The budget released this week – and passed tonight –...

Feb. 28, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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