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Category: Governor
February 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Inslee addresses poison pills, oil trains, e-cigarettes and Bertha’s progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplement budget Thursday, before taking questions from media. Here are some things he said: 1. Bertha crawls again. “We’re looking forward to continued movement,” Inslee said. “People have to understand, there’s going to have to be a lot of work on this machine to keep it operable … there’s a long ways…


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February 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Transportation, climate bill, Oso medals: your political week in review

The big Olympia news this week was that Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate came together on the beginnings for an agreement on a statewide transportation package. That and other doings: 1. State Senate transportation plan includes phasing in new gas tax. 2. Meanwhile, GOP senators introduce bill that would ban money for Bertha tunnel cost overruns. 3. Lawmaker called…


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February 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Vaping, transportation and the Pasco shooting: things Inslee said Thursday

Flanked by doctors, lawmakers and education professionals, Gov. Jay Inslee made a brief argument Thursday for regulating electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping devices, before taking his weekly questions from media. Highlights: 1. The Senate will issue a statewide transportation proposal Thursday afternoon — funded by a gas tax (not Inslee’s carbon-polluter proposal). But the governor wasn’t saying much, other…


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January 30, 2015 at 9:17 PM

Crotch grabs, earthlings, minimum wage, sex workers: your political week in review

Take some time Sunday and catch up on all your political happenings. Oh, wait …. 1. Inslee climate bill gets hearing 2. GOP bill to kill Bertha and the tunnel project gets … killed 3. Push in Olympia to broaden ban on using smartphones while driving 4. After fiery “kids-these-days” speech, Minimum wage bill passes out…


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January 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Unions, earthlings and Seahawks: things Inslee said Thursday

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee held his weekly news conference with reporters Thursday and answered questions about union contracts, his proposal to curb carbon pollution, and, of course, the Seahawks. Here are some highlights: 1. Inslee said he had a “five corners” breakfast meeting with leaders of all four legislative caucuses Thursday morning and came away optimistic that Republicans and…


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January 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Treasurer: Inslee budget spends too much of rainy-day fund

It’s State Treasurer Jim McIntire’s job to worry about the state’s credit rating and financial health. And McIntire, a Democrat, has concerns about Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-17 budget proposal, which McIntire says sweeps too much out of the state’s “rainy-day” fund. In a letter to Inslee last week, McIntire said he opposed Inslee’s proposal…


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January 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Tax fights, subversive acts, State of the State: your week in review

It’s been a head-spinning week keeping up with the tangled-web problems and solutions that lawmakers began fiddling with in Olympia during the 2015 state Legislature’s first week. Here’s what happened: 1. Senate Republicans add big hurdle for new taxes 2. State at critical crossroads, Inslee tells split lawmakers 3. Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court at Inslee’s speech 4. Bill…


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January 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Guns, taxes and football: things Inslee said Friday

With the first week of the legislative session in the bag, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee held a news conference Friday morning to give his thoughts on guns, taxes, football and other issues. The highlights: 1. The governor said he supports legislation to provide a one-year “cooling off” period before elected officials and top-level government workers can…


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January 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Inslee says fund education, transportation, clean energy

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state has a moral obligation to address carbon pollution and used his State of the State address Tuesday to tout his recent proposal for a cap-and-trade program that requires the largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. “We face many challenges, but it is…


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January 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Poll: voters open to Inslee’s taxes on carbon and capital gains

With the state Legislature set to convene next week to grapple with a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, a new Elway Poll finds voters may be willing to accept tax increases as part of the solution. In a sign the state might finally be shaking off the Great Recession blues, the poll found that — for the first…


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