Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

February 20, 2024

Republican senators question timing, purpose of proposed payments to farm-fuel users

OLYMPIA… The two state senators who farm in eastern Washington say they’re not sure what to make of a proposed offer of money for farm-fuel users who got stuck paying a surcharge on their fuel purchases because of the state’s cap-and-trade law. The payments, which could amount to no more...
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January 26, 2024

2024 session week 3 video update

VIDEO: 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler’s 2024 Session Week 3 update      
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June 07, 2023

Schoesler says latest cap-and-trade carbon auction will raise fuel prices again

The recent carbon allowance auction held by the state Department of Ecology under the state’s costly cap-and-trade program will mean even higher fuel prices for drivers in Washington just as the summer driving season is about to start, says 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler. “Drivers across Washington will pay even...
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April 22, 2023

Schoesler praises state capital budget passed by Legislature

State Sen. Mark Schoesler, the Senate Republican leader on the capital budget, issued this statement after the Legislature passed a new state capital budget for 2023-25. It funds the construction and maintenance of state buildings, public-school matching grants, higher-education facilities, public lands, parks, water infrastructure and other assets. “This is...
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April 06, 2023

Sen. Schoesler April 6 legislative video update

Sen. Schoesler wonders why the exemption for agriculture and barge fuel from cap-and-trade costs has not been implemented.  
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February 22, 2023

Feb. 22 video update

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February 21, 2022

Senate resolution sponsored by Schoesler honors work of Dr. Bill Schillinger

Dr. Bill Schillinger, the longtime researcher who ran Washington State University’s dryland research farm in Lind, was honored today on the Senate floor with a resolution sponsored by 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler. Dr. Schillinger retired this January after a 29-year career working at the dryland research station. During his...
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February 02, 2022

2022 session week 4 video update

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January 19, 2022

Senate again passes Schoesler bill improving irrigation-district elections

A proposal prime-sponsored by 9th District Sen. Mark Schoesler that would improve irrigation district elections has been unanimously approved by the Senate for the second time in nearly a year. The Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 5342, which would allow mail-in ballot elections for irrigation districts and identify qualified...
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