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Category: Governor
August 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Feds deny aid to those who lost homes in wildfires

Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire. And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who  lost homes and property in the fire,…

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August 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Ethics board drops complaint against Inslee over grain inspections

The ethics complaint filed by Sen. Don Benton (R-17) against Gov. Jay Inslee over State Patrol escorts for grain inspectors is officially kaput. The Executive Ethics Board on Wednesday dropped the complaint Benton filed last week alleging Inslee acted unlawfully when he withdrew state patrol escorts of grain inspectors going into the Port of Vancouver. Workers for the International Longshore…

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August 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

State senator calls Inslee action in grain labor dispute unlawful

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has written a letter to a state ethics board alleging that Gov. Jay Inslee acted improperly when pulling back state troopers last month who were escorting grain inspectors into the Port of Vancouver. The question of trooper escorts has come up in the middle of a protracted contract battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at the…

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July 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Inslee signs letter opposing coastal oil exploration

Gov. Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in California and Oregon in signing a letter opposing new oil and gas leases in the waters off the West Coast. A letter dated July 30 and released Thursday by Inslee’s office, sums up the governor’s qualms to Sally Jewell, U.S. Interior secretary. “While new technology reduces the risk of a catastrophic event such as…

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July 31, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Former Gov. Gregoire heading to Harvard

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is heading to Harvard. The Ivy League university announced Tuesday that Gregoire will be a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government next fall term. Gregoire served two terms as governor of Washington, clinching her first term in 2004 against former Republican state senator Dino…

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June 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Inslee to visit England, Finland on trade mission

Gov. Jay Inslee will lead a state trade delegation to England and Finland next month. On July 13, Inslee will attend the Farnborough International Air Show, leading a group of business, economic development and government leaders, including Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. In a news release, Inslee called the air show “an opportunity to showcase…

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April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Gov. Inslee orders higher heating aid to block food-stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said Washington will increase monthly heating assistance for low-income families to get around a new federal rule that threatened $70 million in annual food-stamp benefits. Washington joins seven other states that have already tweaked the so-called “heat and eat” formula in response to a Republican-authored provision in the…

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April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…

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March 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Jay Insee seeks “major disaster” status for mudslide

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday requested the federal government to declare the Snohomish County mudslide a “major disaster,” which would qualify for victims for direct federal aid for housing, unemployment and other losses. Inslee’s request to President Obama comes nine days after the devastation that has killed 21 people and 30 missing. In his request…

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February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Inslee considers raising minimum wage for state workers

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is reviewing the possibility of raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors. Inslee spoke outside the White House with a group of Democratic governors after a morning meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. His statement was the first time Inslee had indicated…

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