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7th District lawmakers encourage residents to participate, share views Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short will host a one-hour town hall over the phone with their constituents Thursday, Feb. 10 at...

Feb. 1, 2011

Legislation would allow counties more say on local development At a time when counties statewide are financially strapped and working to free up land for economic development and job creation, Rep....

Jan. 25, 2011

In the wake of a current budget shortfall of $1.1 billion and a much larger looming deficit in the 2011-13 budget cycle, the governor brought lawmakers back to Olympia today for...

Dec. 11, 2010

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

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

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

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