June 12, 2018

Despite welcome repeal of Seattle’s ‘head tax,’ Senate Republicans will continue fight on behalf of working families

OLYMPIA…Today the Seattle City Council repealed the “head tax” it unanimously enacted less than a month ago despite widespread and deafening opposition. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, responded to the repeal by reinforcing their determination to continue with legislation that would clearly make...
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June 06, 2018

Schoesler says Republican senators will work to ensure Washington remains best place for aerospace

OLYMPIA… Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, today offered this response to the governor’s announcement Wednesday that highlighted a study characterizing Washington as the best place in the world to build airplanes: “I’m pleased but not surprised that the study unveiled today supports my belief that our state offers many...
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May 14, 2018

Schoesler: Seattle City Council voted ‘yes’ on a tax it isn’t authorized to impose

OLYMPIA…Sen. Mark Schoesler issued the following statement in response to the Seattle City Council passing the notorious “jobs tax” Monday despite the city having no constitutional authority to levy the tax. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has drafted a bill that will make this clear to Seattle and any other Washington cities considering...
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May 03, 2018

Senate leader says poll results should be ‘nail in the coffin’ for Seattle jobs tax

  KING-TV survey shows landslide of opposition to controversial proposal   OLYMPIA…In a poll conducted during its Wednesday-evening broadcast, Seattle’s KING-TV asked viewers to weigh in on the controversial jobs tax proposed by the Seattle City Council. Did they side with supporters of the council’s proposal or with its biggest...
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April 13, 2018

Schoesler: Recklessly taxing large employers threatens family jobs

   Seattle City Council’s “Amazon Tax” another example of its narrow-minded agenda   OLYMPIA…In the wake of this week’s political rally in Seattle in support of a new tax on large employers, Sen. Mark Schoesler, Senate Republican Leader, offered the following statement: “Jobs that large employers such as Amazon and...
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April 12, 2018

OPINION: Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring

    April 10, 2018 I serve the people of Washington’s 9th Legislative District, which includes the lower Snake River from the Idaho border west to U.S. Highway 12, a short hop from its confluence with the Columbia. So when there are new headlines about the idea of breaching the...
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March 27, 2018

Schoesler: Inslee’s signature on sweetheart deal for union is an affront to rights of home health-care workers

New law robs home health-care workers, circumvents U.S. Supreme Court ruling   OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered the following comments Tuesday after Gov. Jay Inslee signed controversial legislation that essentially gives home health-care workers no choice but to sacrifice part of their modest income to pay dues to...
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March 08, 2018

State parks lead list of good 9th District investments in new capital budget

OLYMPIA…Sen. Mark Schoesler said the 9th Legislative District fares well in the supplemental capital budget approved by the Legislature tonight, with a highlight being additional funding for important improvements to several state parks in the region. “Every item on the list is good – money for emergency repairs to the...
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March 08, 2018

Schoesler: Democrat budget wastes opportunity of $2.3 billion surplus

Olympia…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered this comment about the 2018 supplemental operating budget, which was developed without bipartisan input and was presented to the Legislature for a vote this afternoon – on the last day of the legislative session: “I’ve been in the Legislature for 26 years and...
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