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...
Senate Republicans continue to call for a special session Senate Republicans in the state Legislature are again asking the governor to call the legislature back into session due to the recent catastrophic outbreak of wildfires spreading across our state. Sen. Shelly Short, Senate Republican floor leader, R-Addy, issued the following statement regarding a letter sent to the governor concerning... Read More...
2020 Census – Please Participate! Special in The Newport Minor 2020 is already a year for the history books. While the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus have been front and center worldwide, Americans are also in the middle of partaking in our once-in-a-decade constitutional duty: the 2020 Census. The United States Constitution mandates... Read More...
Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget cuts barely scratched the surface By  Shelly Short Special to The Times Click here to read on The Seattle Times website There is no doubt about it, our state’s once thriving economy has been hit — hard. As we all continue to cope with the effects of COVID-19, lawmakers are looking at options to address... 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...
2020 Census: It’s time to participate Dear Friends and Neighbors, Since my last newsletter, many of you have shared concerns regarding the governor’s unlimited broad authority and whether it is constitutional. While I share these concerns, to date broad emergency powers such as those found in our state laws, have largely gone unchallenged. To pass a law... Read More...
COVID-19: staying safe while moving forward Dear Friends and Neighbors, It’s hard to believe that it has been five weeks now since the 2020 session ended and everyday life as we know it continues to be dramatically altered because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Absolutely unprecedented for a free society. While I was driving home from Olympia,... Read More...