Budget & Taxes

A budget that doesn’t put people first The following op-ed appeared in the Omak-Okanogan Chronicle and was published today. To download the article, click on the link: Budget Op-Ed By Sen. Shelly Short, Rep. Joel Kretz and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber Special to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Every two years, the legislature is required to pass an operating... Read More...
Sen. Shelly Short
Short blasts Democrats for supporting raid of voter-approved rainy-day fund Calling it an irresponsible gimmick that threatens Washington’s future budget stability, 7th District Sen. Shelly Short criticized Senate Democrats for approving legislation that would raid the state’s savings account that is set aside for budget emergencies. Short, R-Addy, said the Democrats’ passage of an amendment to Senate Bill 6614 to get around... Read More...
Legislative Update: Feb. 16, 2018 Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are concluding the busiest week yet of the 2018 legislative session. Seven of the past eight days (including last Saturday morning) have been dedicated to “floor action.” This means being on the floor of the Senate chamber to debate and vote on bills. We had... Read More...
Legislative update: Feb. 7, 2018 Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are at the halfway point of this year’s 60-day legislative session. If you think there aren’t many bills introduced just because it’s a “short session” this year, think again!  So far this year, there have been nearly 2,000 new bills in the Legislature (994 in... Read More...
OP-ED: 2010 legislative session had some hits, misses By Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short 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 2010 legislative session, tax increases and some local legislation that passed. However,... Read More...