Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


Last week, the majority party in the House released their 2011-13 operating budget proposal, including their solutions to our approximately $5.1 billion budget shortfall. As you read the papers and watch...

April 15, 2011

It’s been an interesting week in Olympia, for a lot of different reasons.  For the first time since the 1990’s, the minority party in the House of Representatives released a complete...

April 8, 2011

Well, here it is!  The long-awaited, much-anticipated first stab at the 2011-13 state operating budget. Here is a quick snapshot of the reductions: Policy Reductions Proposed Substitute House Bill 1087 makes...

April 6, 2011

Last week the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council issued an updated forecast that shows the state is expected to take in about $780 million less in revenues over the next...

April 4, 2011

The past few weeks included many late nights and long weekends as legislators debated, amended and passed legislation on the House floor.  At this point in the session, House bills that...

March 14, 2011

Well, it has been a very hectic and very LONG week.  With the first round of committee action behind us, most of our days (and some of our nights) are spent...

March 4, 2011

The 2011 Legislature’s first cutoff date of Feb. 17 is history.  And so are hundreds of bills now considered dead because they failed to win committee approval before the deadline.  Fiscal...

Feb. 25, 2011

I want to thank those of you who participated in my recent “tele-town hall” event.  What a wonderful way to stay in touch with the folks back home.  It was great...

Feb. 18, 2011

This week was a somber one as we remembered the courageous and dedicated Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl who was killed Jan. 29 in the chapel of the Monroe prison.  Our thoughts...

Feb. 11, 2011

Here is a quick update on the issues we’re dealing with in the House right now.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, please...

Feb. 4, 2011