Budget & Taxes

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 7 Dear Friends and Neighbors, Greetings! With the end of the 2020 legislative session less than two weeks away, I want to update you on what’s been happening in Olympia. It’s raining money… again As a fiscal conservative I’m glad that the Senate supplemental operating budget will be funded within current... 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...
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...