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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 Spokesman-Review recently published an opinion piece against the state's increase in cougar hunting from a lawyer who works and lives in Seattle.  I'm happy to provide a counter perspective, that...

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

'We can't keep going the direction we're going,' says Kretz In a letter to members of the Department of Fish and Wildlife commission today, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, asked the commissioners...

March 10, 2020

I have over 5,000 emails in my inbox from parents, teachers and school officials around the state asking me to fight against the Democrat comprehensive sex education bill (Senate Bill 5395)....

March 5, 2020

'USA beef should mean something to consumers. It certainly means something to the cowboys and ranchers who are producing it,' says Kretz. Legislation to give consumers more information on where their...

Feb. 18, 2020

Democrats in the state House passed legislation this week that will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon and diesel by 63 cents. Their low-carbon fuel...

Jan. 31, 2020

'If we want nonlethal solutions to work, we have to know where the wolves are,' says Kretz Legislation introduced in Olympia this week seeks to maximize nonlethal methods of dealing with...

Jan. 31, 2020

During Washington's early years of wolf recovery, social conflict between people with different perspectives and values has increased dramatically. There are some using this conflict for a broader agenda, not attempting...

Jan. 8, 2020

In the past decade, perhaps no two issues have affected local communities, ranchers and families in Northeast Washington more than wolves and wildfires. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers joined...

July 16, 2019