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Two bad bills signed into law

Each year, for a session lasting either 105 days (in odd-numbered years) or 60 days (in even-numbered years), legislators gather in Olympia to introduce, debate and vote on bills.... — Updated 4/2/2024


Session a mix of success, disappointment

The 2024 legislative session is now in the history books. After 60 days, in which 201 House bills and 180 Senate bills passed the Legislature, we can report a mix of great... — Updated 3/19/2024


Democrats push tax hike bill

It seems like every year the Democrats, who have voting majorities in the Senate and House, in Olympia introduce legislation to raise or create taxes, no matter how much revenue... — Updated 1/23/2024


Legislative priorities this year

Monday featured opening-day ceremonies in the Senate and House chambers, followed by a joint legislative session in the House chamber on Tuesday for Gov. (Jay) Inslee’s final s... — Updated 1/9/2024


Address COVID learning loss

As parents know all too well, many students suffered learning loss when schools were shut down or relied on virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “COVID learning l... — Updated 10/10/2023


Do you feel safer?

Over the past few years, our state has witnessed a steady rise in several types of crime. This has caused serious harm in many communities on both sides of the state, and many... — Updated 9/12/2023


'Gag order' issued on gas rates

For several months, drivers and businesses have had to endure the sharp increase in fuel prices since the state’s cap-and-trade program – or “cap-and-tax,” as I like to call it... — Updated 9/5/2023


UW cashing in on foreign students

Apparently, the Pac-12 wasn’t the only thing that University of Washington left behind for more money. As the state senator for a legislative district that includes two four-year u... — Updated 8/29/2023


Pennies at the pump add up

It’s been a tough week around the farm with equipment failures that have delayed harvest a few days. I’ll get back on track. But while repairs are underway, I can’t help but think... — Updated 8/8/2023


Lie or an 'ad lib'

There’s no question the governor misled the people last year when claiming his cap-and-tax scheme would add “pennies” to the cost of gas once it took full effect in 2023. Gov.... — Updated 8/1/2023


Opt-out measure looms

For some time now, many Washington workers have been upset about an upcoming payroll tax to fund the new long-term care program called “WA Cares”, created by Democrat maj... — Updated 7/18/2023


State capital gains income tax upheld

Ever since legislative Democrats passed a law (Senate Bill 5096) two years ago creating a capital gains state income tax in Washington, observers on both sides of the political... — Updated 3/28/2023

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Cap-and-trade driving gas price hike

Why are WA gas prices rising while prices in other states remain same? I’ll tell you why: Gov. Jay Inslee’s environmental laws, approved by legislative Democrats two years ago. You... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Schoesler: Address school maintenance

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school d... — Updated 1/24/2023


Crimes increase; education decreases

It's no secret that crime has worsened throughout Washington in recent years, thanks to laws passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and a decrease in the number of... — Updated 11/1/2022


Expect to pay more at pump

RITZVILLE – A local state lawmaker says residents can expect to pay more at the pump in the coming months. According to Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, Senate Bill 5126, a... — Updated 10/18/2022


Inslee trading money for booster shots

I recently commented on negotiations between Gov. Jay Inslee and unions on the upcoming contracts for state employees. As I said before, while I don’t fault the proposed salary i... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Frustrations continue over mandates

Last week, the deputy secretary of the state Department of Corrections sent a mass email to all staff, incarcerated inmates and interested parties — including me — informing eve... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Limiting police pursuits doesn't make sense

Many of you are aware that public safety in our state took a major hit last year when Democrats in the Legislature passed a “police reform” law that prevented law enforcement office... — Updated 6/2/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Inslee fires up natural gas attacks

In recent years, environmentalists have targeted natural gas, even though it is an affordable energy source for so many. Their efforts have failed in the Legislature. But,... — Updated 5/3/2022

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Representing the 9th District

My first session was way back in 1993, and as a freshman state representative, I was very humbled and excited about being elected to serve the people of the 9th District in the... — Updated 1/11/2022


Gov. Inslee should offer tax relief

With Christmas coming up, I’ve been out shopping for gifts for family members. During these busy times, I’m sure all of you have noticed (like I have) that many items in stores – e... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

Gov. Inslee resumes targeting dams

It’s no secret that Gov. Jay Inslee wants the removal of the four federal dams on the lower Snake River between Clarkston and the Tri-Cities. Back in December 2018, his proposed 201... — Updated 11/4/2021


Concerns about new long-term care tax

Mr. Ed Schweitzer, who founded and leads Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, recently pointed out how the new long-term care tax will have an extra-bitter taste for... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Mark Schoesler    Opinion

State Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill... — Updated 4/6/2021


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