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Under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz and signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee, much of the groundwork for the state's next wildfire suppression response will be laid months in...

April 21, 2017

After years of economic decline, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, talks on the Michael Howe Show about the importance of working to revitalize rural areas and communities across Washington state, including the...

March 23, 2017

In an unprecedented move, at least as far back as any "old timers" in the Washington State Legislature can remember, the 7th Legislative District saw its clout increased as both members...

Jan. 16, 2015

The governor called a special session of the Legislature on Nov. 5 to address tax incentives and permitting changes important to convince Boeing to build its 777X airliner and carbon fiber...

Nov. 14, 2013

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short give a detailed outline of the job-creation policies they support in the Legislature and how the governor and House Democrats would rather create a larger...

April 12, 2013

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short believe the Legislature must focus its efforts on measures that promote private-sector job creation in Washington state. The lawmakers explain a few of the House...

Feb. 26, 2013

National Federation of Independent Business gives 7th District lawmakers Guardian of Small Business Award The state's largest small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), recognized Reps. Joel...

May 8, 2012

House Bill 1832 would force newly-contracted, private-sector service providers at Sea-Tac Airport to retain employees from previous contractor A bill that puts the government in the way of private employers to...

March 3, 2011

Rep. Joel Kretz this year received the “Outstanding Legislator” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Washington's leading association of Main Street employers. Kretz received the coveted award due...

June 30, 2010

Lawmakers repeatedly asked State Building Code Council to back off job-killing new regulations After a nearly two-year debate over new and costly building energy codes, in a June 8 letter the...

June 15, 2010