Rep. Joel Kretz's News & Media


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

Concerned that over-reaching climate change rules could have a devastating effect on Washington’s stagnant economic recovery, Republican members of the Washington State House Ecology and Parks Committee sent a letter to...

June 30, 2010

As the state faces another massive budget shortfall in the 2011-13 biennium, state leaders should demand financial accountability and transparency at every level of state government. After reading the recent State...

June 25, 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

Thank you to everyone who called and wrote us during the legislative session. Your input is always incredibly valuable. In this column, we will give you a brief rundown on the...

May 10, 2010

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short applauded the inclusion of $2.75 million in this year’s state capital budget aimed at addressing long-overdue forest restoration projects in Northeast Washington. The funds were...

April 28, 2010

With the state’s unemployment figures hovering around 10 percent, which does not include those who have given up looking for work, majority Democrats in the House voted to slap a nearly...

April 10, 2010

I recently learned a constituent contacted the Huckleberry Press questioning the facts in a press release I and my House seatmate issued on the state budget and tax package titled, “Democrats...

March 22, 2010

Kretz calls 2010 legislative session a ‘complete failure of leadership’ In a move that is sure to infuriate taxpayers, legislative Democrats have neglected to finish their work on the state budget...

March 12, 2010

Democrats’ budget relies on largest tax increase in state history to continue failed budget policies In what Republican Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short called an “unconscionable move,” majority Democrats in...

March 6, 2010