Washington State Government http://kplu.org en Inside the world of business lobbying in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/inside-world-business-lobbying-olympia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030713AJ_BizLobbyists1_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:31:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7929 at http://kplu.org Inside the world of business lobbying in Olympia Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus http://kplu.org/post/storm-knocks-out-power-washington-capital-campus <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The massive snow and freezing rain storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest has caused a power outage at Gov. Chris Gregoire&#39;s office, legislative buildings and other state agencies in Olympia.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:15:15 +0000 The Associated Press 3847 at http://kplu.org Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus Welfare activist wants fiercer advocate as next state DSHS chief http://kplu.org/post/welfare-activist-wants-fiercer-advocate-next-state-dshs-chief OLYMPIA, Wash. – The head of Washington's largest state agency has announced her resignation. Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus announced Wednesday she will leave at the end of the year to take a job in her home state of Wisconsin. Her departure comes as the agency prepares for another round of budget cuts.<p>DSHS serves more than two million clients in Washington and has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:12:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2891 at http://kplu.org Glitches in Good to Go electronic tolling system http://kplu.org/post/glitches-good-go-electronic-tolling-system <p>While it&#39;s a good idea to be prepared, sometimes it&#39;s good not to move too fast.&nbsp;</p><p>Apparently there are glitches in the state&#39;s new &quot;Good to Go&quot; tolling system.&nbsp; The State Department of Transportation says it will revamp the sign-up process after complaints by frustrated motorists trying to buy transponders online.&nbsp; As Mike Lindblom reports in <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014255168_tollglitches18m.html">The Seattle Times</a>:</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:55:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 826 at http://kplu.org Glitches in Good to Go electronic tolling system Advertising on state websites http://kplu.org/post/advertising-state-websites <p>When you visit the Washington State Ferries website in 2011, you'll find something new: &nbsp;banner advertising. &nbsp; It's a one year pilot project. &nbsp;The state is looking for new ways to increase revenue, and that could include advertising on its websites.</p><p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 21:09:29 +0000 Dave Meyer 429 at http://kplu.org Advertising on state websites Huge cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal http://kplu.org/post/huge-cuts-gregoires-budget-proposal <p>Gov. Chris Gregoire has unveiled a two-year budget plan that uses a mix of cuts to state programs, suspension of voter initiatives and use of the state's "rainy&nbsp;day" reserve to patch a projected $4.6 billion deficit.</p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:46:26 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 372 at http://kplu.org Huge cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal Gregoire would consolidate state agencies, commissions http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-would-consolidate-state-agencies-commissions <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to consolidate 12 state agencies and in the process eliminate 125 jobs. It’s part of her plan to reduce the size and, what she calls, “complexity” of Washington state government. The state faces&nbsp;&nbsp;a $4.6 billion gap between anticipated revenues and spending in the next two year budget.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:04:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 369 at http://kplu.org Gregoire would consolidate state agencies, commissions State ranks high in disaster response - for now http://kplu.org/post/state-ranks-high-disaster-response-now <p>Washington gets a top grade for being ready to handle disasters. A new study ranks the state among the most adept a wide variety of public health threats, from flood response, handling disease outbreak, and reacting to chemical spills, among other emergencies. But the report warns gains in emergency preparedness could be lost to budget cuts.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:35:16 +0000 KPLU News Staff 362 at http://kplu.org State ranks high in disaster response - for now Pension reform proposals shock some retirees http://kplu.org/post/pension-reform-proposals-shock-some-retirees <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">About 90,000 Washington state retirees have been getting annual cost of living increases during the great recession. Now Governor Chris Gregoire says it’s time to halt to those automatic raises. The proposal is already generating an angry response.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; "> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 02:12:21 +0000 Austin Jenkins 359 at http://kplu.org State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs http://kplu.org/post/state-agency-lobbyists-republican-crosshairs <p>Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a budget-cutting special session of the legislature before the year is out. As the state’s budget crisis worsens, the governor and lawmakers are looking to save money anywhere they can. One target in the crosshairs: lobbyists for state agencies.</p><p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:01:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 299 at http://kplu.org State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs