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Radio report: Democrats have shot down a proposed rule by state House Republicans that would have required lawmakers to fund education first before passing state operating and transportation budgets.

Jan. 25, 2017

The Washington State House of Representatives adopted rules for the 2017 legislative session today. House Republicans offered an amendment to the rules that would have been the cornerstone of their plan...

Jan. 25, 2017

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, explains why he voted against the state operating budget measure.

June 30, 2015

Reps. Jeff Holy and Matt Shea have introduced legislation to set aside a portion of marijuana tax revenue for law enforcement activities.

Jan. 29, 2014

CONTACT: John Sattgast, Senior Information Officer/Broadcast Coordinator – (360) 786-7257 Shea votes against operating budget measure, cites tax increases and other concerns State lawmakers voted Friday to approve a two-year $33.5...

June 29, 2013

House Democrats rejected making the two-thirds tax requirement and fund education first as part of rules of the House chamber.

Feb. 1, 2013

Rep. Matt Shea says it's time for the Legislature to stop the repeated cycle of overspending and then attempting to cover the resulting shortfalls with tax increases. The 4th District lawmaker...

Jan. 18, 2012

Rep. Matt Shea has introduced legislation he says will save millions of dollars by prohibiting state agencies from hiring taxpayer-funded lobbyists to influence decisions at the Legislature. On Thursday, Shea introduced...

May 6, 2011

The House of Representatives today voted 55-43 to approve a measure that reduces the 2009-2011 budget by $222 million. The current fiscal year ends June 30, 2011. The bill approved still...

Jan. 24, 2011

Lawmakers gathered in a one-day special session today to take early action to decrease a $1.1 billion deficit for a state operating budget that runs through June 30. Rep. Matt Shea...

Dec. 11, 2010