Budget Priorities

Budget cuts should not include releasing inmates early Sen. Shelly Short, R-Addy, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Corrections (DOC) proposal to save money by reducing the state’s prison population by about 30 percent. “The implications of this proposal could have devastating effects on families and communities across our state. A move like this... Read More...
Legislature must act now to curb budget deficit By  Shelly Short Special to The Miner COVID-19 has challenged each and every one of us at every level. From businesses, to families and workers, no one has escaped the devastating effects of this pandemic. First and foremost, the coronavirus has taken the lives of too many Washingtonians. We grieve... Read More...
Update from Olympia – week 4 Majority Democrats in the legislature aren’t listening to voters We have yet to hit the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session for 2020 and already, the Democratic majority in the Senate have approved additional taxes that are completely unnecessary. Do you remember seeing 12 advisory votes on your November... Read More...
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...