Governor Gregoire http://kplu.org en Gregoire's Earth Day Message To College Kids: Puget Sound Health Depends On You http://kplu.org/post/gregoires-earth-day-message-college-kids-puget-sound-health-depends-you <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146008029&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Forty four years ago, the modern environmental movement was born with the celebration of the first Earth Day. At massive teach-ins around the country, people called on industries to stop polluting.</p><p>Now the messages have become more personal, says former Gov. Chris&nbsp;Gregoire, who is<a href="http://www.plu.edu/news/2014/03/earthday/home.php" target="_blank"> s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.plu.edu/news/2014/03/earthday/home.php" target="_blank">peaking at Pacific Lutheran University</a> Tuesday night.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:20:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16217 at http://kplu.org Gregoire's Earth Day Message To College Kids: Puget Sound Health Depends On You Governor Gregoire's parting budget emphasizes taxes http://kplu.org/post/governor-gregoires-parting-budget-emphasizes-taxes <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Taxes are a key part of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s final budget before leaving office . The outgoing Democrat released her proposed two-year spending plan Tuesday as required by law. Gregoire says she wrote her budget with incoming Governor Jay Inslee in mind. But he hasn’t exactly embraced it.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:58:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7415 at http://kplu.org Governor Gregoire's parting budget emphasizes taxes Gregoire proposes taxes for schools http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-proposes-taxes-schools <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/121812AJ_GregoireBudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to extend two temporary taxes for three-and-a-half years&#160;in order to make a $1 billion down payment on a recent Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding public schools. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:23:40 +0000 7402 at http://kplu.org Gregoire proposes taxes for schools After 8 years of being chauffeured, Gregoire to get driving lesson http://kplu.org/post/after-8-years-being-chauffeured-gregoire-get-driving-lesson "I want to get in a car and just drive."<p>That's one of the freedoms Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is most excited to reclaim when she leaves office in January. For the past eight years, Gregoire has been relegated to the backseat of a Chevy Suburban chauffeured by the State Patrol. "I like driving and there's something that's freeing about [it]," says the governor.<p>But before Gregoire gets behind the wheel, she'll get a refresher course on how to drive - from the State Patrol. &#160;<p>"No one needs to panic. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:22:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7365 at http://kplu.org After 8 years of being chauffeured, Gregoire to get driving lesson Gov. Gregoire announces next steps on ocean acidification http://kplu.org/post/gov-gregoire-announces-next-steps-ocean-acidification <p>SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/execorders/eo_12-07.pdf">an executive order</a> directing state officials to work on the problem of ocean acidification.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:49:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7207 at http://kplu.org Gov. Gregoire announces next steps on ocean acidification Officials break ground on Seattle's deep-bore tunnel http://kplu.org/post/officials-break-ground-seattles-deep-bore-tunnel <p>The long goodbye to Seattle&rsquo;s Alaskan Way Viaduct has begun.</p><p>With some ceremonial scoops of dirt, officials today began digging a pit for the giant machine that will chew up the earth under Seattle like a massive termite creating the deep-bore tunnel.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:21:15 +0000 Ashley Gross 5210 at http://kplu.org Officials break ground on Seattle's deep-bore tunnel Governor Gregoire emerging as unlikely gay rights activist http://kplu.org/post/governor-gregoire-emerging-unlikely-gay-rights-activist <p>OLYMPIA - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is emerging as an unlikely gay rights activist - both at home and on the national stage. Her role in helping pass a same-sex marriage law this year has made Gregoire a sought-after spokesperson for the movement.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:38:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5018 at http://kplu.org Governor Gregoire emerging as unlikely gay rights activist Gregoire signs $1B stimulus plan for Washington http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-signs-1b-stimulus-plan-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a $1 billion stimulus plan that seeks to get construction workers back on the job.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:29:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4835 at http://kplu.org Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation http://kplu.org/post/age-verification-sex-ads-now-law-washington-first-nation <p>Washington state has become the first in the nation to require verification of age for online ads that promote sex-related services, such as the escort ads that appear in backpage.com.</p><p>The bill, <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6251">Senate Bill 6251</a>, was among a dozen anti-trafficking bills signed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:26:34 +0000 Monica Spain & The Associated Press 4604 at http://kplu.org Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation Rep. Inslee to resign from Congress for Wash. governor's race http://kplu.org/post/rep-inslee-resign-congress-wash-governors-race <p>Rep. Jay Inslee is resigning from Congress to focus full time on running for governor of Washington state this fall.</p><div><p>The Democrat announced his decision Saturday at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee is in his eighth term representing a Seattle-area district in the House.</p><p>Less than two weeks ago, <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-defends-election-strategy-says-hell-stay-congress-and-run-governor">Inslee told KPLU that he would remain</a> in Congress while running for the governor&#39;s seat.</p><blockquote><p>Inslee said then: &ldquo;Listen, that did not stop me from putting out my job creation agenda. &hellip; Yes, I&#39;ve got some responsibilities in Washington D.C., but we are pursuing a very vigorous effort to [get] people back to work.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:29:55 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 4398 at http://kplu.org Rep. Inslee to resign from Congress for Wash. governor's race Gregoire approves controversial wind facility http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-approves-controversial-wind-facility Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has approved the Whistling Ridge Wind Energy Project in Southern Washington. But some people object because the project will be visible from I-84 in the scenic Columbia Gorge.<p>And it could threaten spotted owls. They've been seen within two miles of the site in the past year.<p>Nathan Baker is the staff attorney with Friends of the Columbia Gorge.<p>“Some places should be off limits to industrial wind development and we believe that the Columbia River Gorge is one of those places," Baker says. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:05:58 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 4345 at http://kplu.org Gregoire snubs AG's McKenna, seeks ruling on tax voting http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-snubs-ags-mckenna-seeks-ruling-tax-voting <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) &mdash; Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is bypassing the attorney general&#39;s office and seeking court guidance on the constitutionality of a law limiting tax increases.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 00:54:37 +0000 The Associated Press 3615 at http://kplu.org Gregoire proposes state-run business tax system http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-proposes-state-run-business-tax-system <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the state to handle local business tax collections, saying a streamlined system would save small businesses time and money.</p><div><p>Gregoire&#39;s proposal on Thursday would take the duties away from local jurisdictions, similar to how the state currently collects and distributes sales tax money.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 23:53:35 +0000 The Associated Press 3610 at http://kplu.org Gay marriage suddenly back to being a major issue in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/gay-marriage-suddenly-back-being-major-issue-wash OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage is poised to become a major issue of debate in Washington in 2012. Governor Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she will personally introduce same-sex marriage legislation this year. Conservative activists responded by vowing to form a coalition to defend marriage as between one man and one woman.<p>Outside the Governor's office, gay couples and their supporters gathered in giddy anticipation. An informal lottery was held to decide who could watch the speech in person.<p>At the podium, an emotional Gregoire announced her support for same-sex marriage. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 02:52:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3600 at http://kplu.org Gay marriage suddenly back to being a major issue in Wash. Gregoire signs budget, seeks timeline on more cuts http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-signs-budget-seeks-timeline-more-cuts <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a plan to ease the state&#39;s $1.4 billion shortfall.</p><div><p>Gregoire signed a new budget Tuesday that uses a variety of cuts, transfers and delayed payments to save $480 million.</p><p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:43:56 +0000 The Associated Press 3516 at http://kplu.org