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Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses battles over the budget, opposing new taxes, and concerns over the governor's emergency powers. Wash. House Republicans · 04-02-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with Rep. Kretz:...

April 2, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Waucounda, discusses the economy, his opposition to new taxes, and the budget. Wash. House Republicans · 03-26-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with Rep. Kretz: Economic recovery

March 26, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses a bi-partisan push to fund wildfire preparedness, and educating lawmakers on the necessity for wildfire support. Wash. House Republicans · 03-16-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with...

March 16, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses the republican budget plan, not raising taxes during the pandemic, while still providing necessary programs.

Feb. 18, 2021

The legislative session is here – almost a month old – and it's unlike any I've ever been involved with. Face-to-face meetings with constituents, other lawmakers, staff, and stakeholders has been...

Feb. 3, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, reviews several of the gas taxes, carbon-control measures and transportation-related fees proposed by Democrats this year. Kretz also discusses his legislation, House Bill 1168, authorizing forest-thinning, prescribed...

Jan. 26, 2021

The new coronavirus has changed all our lives in ways we never imagined. Me, my friends and family, my neighbors – we're all ready for this to be over. But we...

May 8, 2020

Reps. Joel Kretz and Jacquelin Maycumber, along with Sen. Shelly Short, give an update on the 2020 legislative session.

May 6, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses the revenue forecast and budget negotiations.

Feb. 28, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Waucanda, expresses his opposition to a Democrat-sponsored business and occupational tax increase (B&O). Kretz also gives an update on the status of his wolf collar bill.

Feb. 14, 2020