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OPINION

By Sen. Mark Schoesler Last Friday, Secretary of the Senate Brad Hendrickson sent an email to all senators and Senate staff to announce how the Senate will conduct the 2022 legislative session after t...

 

Guest Commentary

Of the clubs I belonged to in high school, my favorite was perhaps the Future Farmers of America. Growing up on a wheat farm that had been in my family for four generations before me, I had a strong l...

 

Regulatory agency keeps door open for Inslee vaccine mandate on all employers

When Governor Inslee issued his COVID vaccine mandate for most state employees and health-care workers in both the public and private sectors, we wondered if and when he would try to extend that...

 

Commentary

Inslee is still targeting Snake River dams It’s no secret that Gov. Inslee is not a fan of the four dams on the lower Snake River. I think it had been a few months since our governor last said...

 

Commentary

Over the past few years, the Democratic-led Legislature has passed more than a few bills that raised taxes or created new ones, and many of us have felt the pinch in our pocketbooks, or we will soon....

 

OPINION

In my E-Commentary last week, I mentioned that Governor Inslee had ordered all state employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-October or lose their jobs. Now, teachers and other school...

 

First draft of redistricting maps coming in late September

By Sen. Mark Schoesler OLYMPIA–Every 10 years, under Washington's constitution, the Redistricting Commission is re-established to draw new legislative and congressional district maps in our state...

 

Guest Commentary

As the extremely hot temperatures have reminded us, much of eastern Washington, including our wheat-growing regions, is in the middle of a drought. This is a huge concern for me and other wheat...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler that will provide temporary property-tax relief for Malden-area residents and other Washington...

 

OPINION

OLYMPIA–House Bill 1091, the proposed "high-cost fuel standard" to improve the climate. Was passed on the final day of session, April 25, 2021. During my long drive home to Ritzville from Olympia...

 

Guest Commentary

As I gladly readjust to normal life in Ritzville after spending nearly every day of the past four months in Olympia, I have good news and bad news to report. The good news is that the 2021...

 

A key ag bill that goes from good to bad to (finally) a little better

OLYMPIA–A key bill for agriculture, Senate Bill 5172, took a bumpy route before being passed by the Legislature during the final weekend. Senate Bill 5172, introduced by one of my Republican...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–By the time you read this, the Washington Legislature's 2021 session will be in its final week. Our 105-day session is scheduled to adjourn, or finish, on Sunday, April 25. While many bills...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–This past week was an important one in the Senate, as the majority Democrats released their operating budget, capital budget and transportation budget proposals for 2021-23. As its name...

 

Schoesler blasts Senate for passing state income-tax proposal

OLYMPIA–The state Senate’s approval of a bill today is the first step toward the possibility of a state income tax on all Washingtonians, argues 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler. Schoesler voted...

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

OLYMPIA–Agriculture isn't only a way of life and a key job provider in Garfield County, the 9th District and other rural parts of our state, it also is a huge part of Washington's economy....

 

OLYMPIA UPDATE

Times sure have changed in my nearly 30 years as a Washington state legislator. When I was a freshman member of the House of Representatives in 1993, one of the top issues facing the Legislature was...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–Pandemic restrictions are preventing Washington's citizens from setting foot inside the state Capitol during this year's legislative session, but they aren't stopping people from voicing...

 

When could you get the vaccine?

WASHINGTON STATE–The government roll-out of vaccine distribution which began before Christmas, has met management issues fostering inoculation delays or holds. The federal government's "Operation...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–Like many of you, I’m encouraged by the news in recent weeks that COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna have been approved by the federal government and that doses of these...

 

Inslee aims to pay for fish-barrier removal at expense of highway projects

OLYMPIA–When about two-thirds of legislators and I voted in 2015 for the “Connecting Washington” transportation package, we did so despite also passing a large gas-tax increase. We voted for...

 

Olympia Update

OLYMPIA–State law requires the governor to put a budget proposal on the table for legislators to consider, and that typically happens at this time of year. After seeing what Governor Inslee wants...

 

Guest Commentary

OLYMPIA–Employers across our state have been looking to government for a plan to begin reopening Washington’s economy–and Republicans have delivered. Our Safe Economic Restart Plan lays out...

 

Help for small businesses

OLYMPIA–The Small Business Administration (SBA) has updated its website to include some new resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19 including: •Paycheck Protection Program •Economic...

 

Governor vetoes portion of new budget...but he could have gone farther

OLYMIA–The COVID-19 situation leads to budget vetoes. The last day, under our state constitution, for the governor to act on legislation passed during the 2020 session was Friday April, 10. Because...

 

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