February 26, 2010

Local legislators not giving up the fight for Pine Lodge

‘I just feel like our arguments and our statistics have fallen on deaf ears within the majority party and in the governor’s office,’ says Schmick Despite a House Democrat budget proposal that officially wipes Pine Lodge Correction Center off the state budget books, two local legislators aren’t giving up the...
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February 18, 2010

7th District legislators fight for taxpayer protections

‘The voters want tax increases to be a last resort not the first option when it comes to dealing with years of overspending,’ says Kretz Washington state taxpayers had their voices silenced today as majority Democrats in the state House of Representatives approved legislation repealing voter-approved Initiative 960, the Taxpayers...
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February 11, 2010

Short e-newsletter: Feb. 11, 2010

  Feb. 11, 2010   Dear Friends, While you are hard at work trying to make ends meet, the Democratic majority is working hard to increase your taxes. This weekend you have the opportunity to tell them exactly what you think about their plans to take more of your hard-earned...
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January 25, 2010

Eastern Washington legislators to host town hall meeting Jan. 30 to discuss potential Pine Lodge corrections facility closure

  Lawmakers want public input, feedback on governor’s proposal to close women’s corrections facility In response to the many public inquiries and potential public safety issues due to the proposed closure of the Pine Lodge Corrections Center For Women in Medical Lake, local Senate and House lawmakers will host a...
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January 20, 2010

Short e-newsletter: Jan. 20, 2010

  Jan. 20, 2010 Dear Friends and neighbors, I’ve found these email updates to be a great way to reach you and other constituents with important news and information affecting our district and state. But election year restrictions limit my ability to send out these e-newsletters unless you agree to...
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January 15, 2010

7th District representatives to host telephone town hall Monday, Jan. 25

  Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short will host a town hall over the phone for their constituents Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.  To participate, callers should call toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and then enter pin number 15429. The legislators will use new technology to communicate with constituents about the issues...
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December 28, 2009

Legislature must focus on private-sector job creation to restore economy

  By Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short It’s not rocket science to figure out that folks need work. Our state’s unemployment rate is now a staggering 9.2 percent. More than 310,000 people are out of work in this state – not counting folks who have simply given up looking...
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October 30, 2009

Legislators hear from tribe, school and county officials of the need for new Keller ferry

‘Our communities in the area absolutely depend on this ferry and we’ve got to find a way to work together to make this happen,’ says Short Members of the Washington State House Transportation Committee joined local legislators, tribal members, school and county officials, as well as representatives from the Governor’s...
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August 20, 2009

National energy tax puts jobs, families at risk

OP-ED by Rep. Shelly Short   Washington citizens are proud of our state’s tremendous natural resources, abundance of clean, renewable energy and rich history of environmental stewardship. As one of the globe’s cleanest states, emitting less than three-tenths of 1 percent of the world’s carbon, we have a lot to...
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