The Governor’s Office announced an extension to the burn ban in Washington that includes most outdoor and agricultural burning in 20 counties east of the Cascades. The burn ban, which was scheduled to end at noon Friday, is extended until noon Sept. 3.More
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OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and most statewide elected officials and lawmakers won’t get a pay raise this year, but judges will see a salary hike. The Washington Citizen’s Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials adopted a salary schedule Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Inslee, Jaime Smith, told The Olympian a freeze is appropriate as…More
A KING5 series of stories that looked at possible fraud by companies involved in the state’s minority contracting program has prompted Gov. Chris Gregoire to ask the Washington State Patrol to investigate. The governor wants patrol investigators to look into whether the abuses detailed in the KING 5 report violated criminal laws, according to KING5’s Web…More
If elected governor, Jay Inslee proposes all-day kindergarten, letter grades for each Washington school and an expansion of specialty programs, but no charter schools. And unlike Republican Rob McKenna, Inslee did not unveil a large-scale overhaul of school funding at a Thursday afternoon news conference at Renton’s Talbot Hill Elementary. Inslee rolled out a more…More