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Category: Governor
September 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry. The final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and…

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September 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Inslee appoints temporary replacement for Rep. Mike Hope

What does it feel like to be a lawmaker for two months when the Legislature is out of session and the political parties are both out campaigning in advance of an election? Retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone is about to find out. Gov. Jay Inslee Friday appointed Roulstone to fill the vacant state House seat from Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District, according…

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September 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

State wins $4.3 million grant to soften blow from defense cuts

With cuts to military and defense spending appearing to become the new normal, Washington state officials are trying to figure out how to soften the blow to the thousands of people who could be affected by the drawdown. The latest step in that came Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced that the state will receive a $4.3 million federal…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…

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September 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Local leaders urge Inslee to support clean-fuel standards

Over 60 local government leaders today sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to find a way forward on adopting clean-fuel standards. The letter was posted by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs and includes some heavy-hitter signatures: King County Executive Dow  Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and  Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The letter,…

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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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