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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 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Inslee climate bill gets first hearing today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap-and-trade bill will get its first public hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. A hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the House Environment Committee. The hearing will be live-streamed by TVW. House Bill 1314 seeks to set a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires most of the largest polluters…

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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 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Inslee appoints Federal Way school board member to Legislature

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Federal Way School Board member Carol Gregory to fill the 30th District State House seat vacated by the Oct. 29 death of Rep. Roger Freeman. Gregory, a Democrat, was the first choice of Democratic party groups and was recommended unanimously by the Metropolitan King County Council last month. The 30th District…

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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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December 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Inslee: Cap-and-trade climate plan can fund schools and bridges

In advance of his budget roll-out next week, Gov. Jay Inslee is making the case that the sort of cap-and-trade system he favors to cut carbon pollution can also generate cash for schools, bridges and other needs. Speaking at a Seattle conference hosted by the liberal Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Inslee said his…

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October 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Reichert says he’ll consider run for governor or Senate in ’16

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert says he’ll consider a 2016 challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, or maybe even a U.S. Senate bid. In an interview Wednesday, Reichert gently fanned the rumors about his future political plans, saying “I have to keep my options open – that’s something I’ve done for my entire career.” A big caveat…

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October 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Enviros draw green bullseye on state Sen. Doug Ericksen

Updated with comment from Ericksen. Washington’s largest environmental group is leaving no doubt as to their top villain in this year’s legislative elections, drawing a big green bullseye on the back of Ferndale Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen. At a Washington Conservation Voters breakfast Friday, headlined by Gov. Jay Inslee, environmentalists booed and hissed as Ericksen’s visage…

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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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