Schoesler: Farmers Need To Be Skeptical Of Capital Gains Tax

Despite being rejected by voters multiple times, lawmakers in Olympia are looking at putting a capital gains tax on the books in Washington. What impact would such as tax have on the farming community across the Evergreen State? State Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from the Ritzville are, called the capital gains idea a […]

Schoesler: Overtime Discussion Not Good for Producers, Employees

As Washington lawmakers continue to debate the idea of requiring overtime pay for ag workers, one farm legislator says the conversation is not good for either the producer or the employee. Senator Mark Schoesler, a wheat farmer from Ritzville, said the idea of initiating overtime pay is counterproductive for both sides of the equation. “Because, […]

Schoesler: UI One Of The Top Issues For Washington Farm Community

During the Washington legislative session, the farm community will watch a variety of issues very closely. But for state Senator Mark Schoesler, one of the top issues is Unemployment Insurance taxes, with some farmers already reporting an increase of 500% or greater on their April bill. In response, Schoesler proposed Senate Bill 5197, which he […]

Washington Lawmakers Look To Increase Gas Tax

The Democrat majority in Washington has introduced legislation that could increase the state gas tax, making it the highest in the country at 67.4 cents a gallon. The proposal calls for an 18-cent increase a gallon in the state’s gas tax, increasing the price by 10 cents a gallon this year and another eight cents […]

Schoesler: Funds To Study Removal Of Snake Rivers Dams Can Be Better Used

On Friday, the Federal government released its draft Environmental Impact Study, looking at the four lower Snake River dams. That draft found removing the dams would not be a good idea, creating economic and environmental problems for the region. Washington State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Friday’s released affirms what many already knew. “We […]

Schoesler Ag Community Needs To Be Active During 2020 Session

The 2020 Washington legislative session got underway Monday in Olympia.  For senator Mark Schoesler, a Ritzville area wheat farmer, he said his push this short session when it comes to agriculture is “do no harm”   He said he’s concerned that several proposals and ideas will have a negative impact on rural Washingtonians.  For example, […]

CBDL Honors Mark Schoesler

During the Columbia Basin Development League’s 55th annual meeting Tuesday, the organization honored state senator Mark Schoesler.  The Ritzville Republican received the Perseverance Award for what the league called “his longtime legislative efforts on behalf of communities and irrigators in the basin area”.   “The league chose Senator Schoesler to receive the Perseverance Award for […]

Dam Breaching Hearings Set For Early 2020

The consulting firm looking at how removing the Snake River dams could impact the Central and Eastern Washington economies have announced workshops to discuss the proposal.  Hearings were initially scheduled for Vancouver and Clarkston for early next year; the exact dates were not given.  However, the lack of a Central Washington location did not sit […]

AgForestry Announces Class 42

The Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation has selected its 42nd AgForestry Leadership Class.  Each year a variety of people from across the state of Washington, from across Ag, Forestry and Natural Resources are selected for an 18-month leadership and development program.  Program Manager Matt Kloes said public speaking is emphasized, but that’s not the only […]

Schoesler Encouraging Washingtonians To Attend Local Fairs

It’s Fair season across the Inland Northwest. Washington state Senator Mark Schoesler, a fifth-generation wheat farmer in Ritzville, says fairs are important to farmers and non-farmers a like. “Fairs are part of our rich agricultural heritage, with great entertainment and learning opportunities that are good for the entire family.” Senator Schoesler adds fairs are not […]