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February 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Medical transparency needs to become one of the nation’s top priorities

Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed two new bills pushing for health-care cost transparency [“Make medical providers compete on price as well as quality,” Opinion, Feb. 6]. HB 1437 and SB 5084 would create an all-payer claims database that provides public access to cost and quality information about health-care providers and services. This means…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, health, health care

February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

January 14, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Bipartisanship: It does not show weakness, it shows strength

How funny that The Seattle Times would have the nice writeup on the Opinion page about former Gov. and U.S. Sen Dan Evans [“Dan Evans and the efficacy of bipartisanship,” Opinion, Jan. 13] on the same day that there is an article about the response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Anne Corley, bipartisanship, Gov. Dan Evans

January 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Climate plan: Legislature must act, or we’re coming for them

Young people are desperate to see meaningful action on climate change. However, the fossil-fuel industry has lobbied to block action at the federal level, so action falls to the state. Fortunately, the governor has proposed a powerful cap-and-trade proposal [“Inslee seeks tax rebate for low-income families,” Local News, Jan. 1]. The plan is pretty…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Alex Lenferna, climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee

December 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Inslee’s budget: New taxes hurt employers

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed three new taxes, and the repeal of five other tax breaks [“‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes,” Local News, Dec. 18]. All these taxes directly impact employers. Apparently, Inslee hasn’t noticed that the unemployment rate is around 6 percent, while neighboring Idaho’s has…

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Comments | More in Budget | Topics: business, ecology, Gov. Jay Inslee

December 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The best option

The Seattle Times editorial “Inslee’s budget goals are good; approach is risky” [Opinion, Dec. 21] was inconclusive. On one hand, the editorial says that “climate change is real and serious, and Inslee’s plan to ease the state away from carbon usage is an important goal.” But then says, “Linking revenue from a new cap-and-trade…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ben Serrurier, can-and-trade, carbon tax

November 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The governor needs to get to work on other issues beside climate change

Columnist Robert J. Vickers surprise at Gov. Jay Inslee’s lack of leadership on key state issues cannot be described as either absentee nor strategist [“Is Gov. Jay Inslee an absentee governor or a patient strategist?,” Opinion, Nov. 24]. Inslee has no grasp of any problems facing this state as was clearly shown during…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeff B. Robinson

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Climate change: Praise for Gov. Jay Inslee

I am extremely pleased with the leadership Jay Inslee has shown on climate change [“Inslee climate push to go beyond carbon pricing,” Local News, Nov. 17]. We need more elected representatives who have the courage to do what’s right for our state, now and in the future. That said, I would encourage the governor…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: cap and trade, carbon tax, climate change

August 19, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Grain exports: Workers were locked out, not on strike

The Seattle Times’ negative editorial regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s intervention on the side of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s labor dispute with United Grain is incredibly slanted and biased [“Close call on grain exports offers a lesson,” Opinion, Aug. 13]. The editorial’s glib pass over of the fact workers were locked out, not…

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Comments | More in Exports | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Grain exports, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

June 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Obama’s ocean preserve: Crucial Bering Sea habitat excluded

Our oceans are incredible sources of food and wonderment, and connect us all worldwide. I’m writing in response to the article “Obama Announces Plan for Oceans,” [Nation & World, June 17] which is about the creation of the world’s largest ocean reserve. The article states the Obama administration is carrying out steps to protect…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Bering Sea, Cheyenne Kallinen-Camelio, Gov. Jay Inslee

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