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December 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Washington’s online health benefit marketplace gets thumbs up from feds

Federal authorities have granted Washington and five other states conditional approval to move ahead with plans for state-based online marketplaces for people shopping for insurance under the new federal law. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has a lot of work ahead, but will be able to meet meet the necessary requirements to be open for business on…

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Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Gregoire, Health Benefit Exchange

September 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Gregoire extends burn ban

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Sunday extended a burn ban for all counties east of the Cascade crest, banning all outdoor burning through midnight  Sunday, Oct. 7. A state of emergency remains in effect. “Fire danger remains very high with our extended warm, dry weather conditions,” Gregoire said in a statement. “I don’t want to lose momentum…

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February 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Gregoire asks for federal money for Jan. snowstorm

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January’s snowstorm. Last month’s storm of snow, ice and freezing rain caused power outages, landslides, avalanches and fallen trees across Washington, creating $32.3 million in potential eligible damages,…

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December 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Politics: The topic that drew the most comments in 2011

Demonstrators listen to comments from Rev. Jesse Jackson in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wis., on March 10. (Photo by John Hart / AP) The legions of regular commenters on seattletimes.com sure found plenty to argue about in 2011, thanks many times to politicians. Here’s the Top-10 list: (By the…

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December 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Initiative to boost shellfish farms in state

PHUONG LE The Associated Press Washington state’s cool marine waters make growing oysters, clams and mussels ideal, but permitting hurdles, farmers say, means they aren’t able to grow as much as they would like to meet growing demand. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Gov. Chris Gregoire want to change that. On Friday, they announced More

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November 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

UW student leaders support half-cent sales tax

University of Washington student leaders are calling Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to increase the sales tax by a half-penny a good short-term solution. In a prepared statement, student Andrew Lewis, director of student government’s office of government relations, called the increase “a step in the right direction.” “We are happy that Gov. Gregoire’s budget does a lot…

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October 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM

School officials: Governor's budget proposal "devastating"

Education programs bore the brunt of the budget proposal released by Gov. Chris Gregoire today, with more than half a billion dollars in suggested cuts divvied up between early learning ($5 million), K-12 education ($365 million) and higher education ($174 million). Among the specific cuts, Gregoire proposed reducing state levy equalization payments by 50 percent…

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October 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Gregoire: Bring a space shuttle to Seattle

Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking that Seattle get another chance to host a retiring space shuttle, at least temporarily. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Friday, Gregoire said two of the sites selected, New York and Los Angeles, face complex fundraising and logistical challenges, and wouldn’t be able to display the shuttles for years. In…

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