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Category: Governor
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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February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Republican lawmakers respond to death penalty moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s moratorium on capital punishment is a misuse of executive power, said Sen. Steve O’Ban, University Place Republican and chair of the Senate Human Services and Correction committee. “The Governor abused his power of clemency and has co-opted the role of the Legislature,” O’Ban said at a news conference with Republican lawmakers….

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February 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Union members plan to picket Gov. Inslee speech in Lynnwood

Some Boeing Machinists, still angry about the recent contract vote that secured production of the 777X in Washington state, plan to picket an aerospace conference Gov. Jay Inslee will speak to Wednesday night. “Governor Inslee disrespected union members and acted against the labor community who he has promised to protect,” Shannon Ryker, a member of Machinists…

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January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Inslee proposes wage increase for teachers, boost to minimum wage

Gov. Jay Inslee, saying he had changed his mind about spending more for education this year, proposed an additional $200 million for public schools, some of which would go toward cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. Inslee in his proposed budget released in December had indicated the state would need to wait until 2015…

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January 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Poll: Inslee job approval at 45 percent

After a year in office, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s job approval rating stands at 45 percent in a new statewide poll. The Elway Poll found 45 percent called Inslee’s performance “good” or “excellent” while 50 percent rated him “only fair” or “poor.” Inslee’s ratings are up a bit from July 2013, when 40 percent of voters gave him…

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December 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

No deal on transportation-tax package this year; talks to continue

Legislative leaders said Wednesday there will be no special session to pass a multibillion dollar transportation package, but talks will continue during the regular session that starts in January. Negotiators from both parties gathered Wednesday in the governor’s office for their 12th round of talks  since the Legislature adjourned earlier this year, only to emerge after several…

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December 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Inslee budget: No shortfall now, but a big one is coming

For the first time in six years, the state Legislature won’t have a budget shortfall to fix when it goes into session next month. Multi-billion-dollar shortfalls, and corresponding fights over taxes and spending cuts, had seemingly become the norm after the Great Recession hit in 2008. This time, lawmakers could have some pocket change to spend. In his…

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