Governor Jay Inslee

government shutdown
5:20 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Inslee: Shutdown Could Hurt Businesses in Wash. State

Ed Ronco

If the federal government shutdown doesn’t end soon, some of Washington’s biggest employers will be forced to lay off workers, Gov. Jay Inslee said at a news conference on Sunday.

The governor said he’s particularly worried about defense contractors and the state’s aerospace industry.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Governor Boosts Salaries for Several Cabinet Positions

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Since taking office in January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has raised the salaries for several cabinet level positions. In total, those raises add up to nearly $100,000 over the course of a year. The boost in salaries comes even as the state continues to recover financially.

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tracking progress
1:12 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Inslee Unveils Government Performance Plan

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Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled an updated program for officials to track data on government performance and efficiency.

Inslee on Tuesday touted the plan, called "Results Washington," that he says will set goals for the state make it easier for state leaders to spot trends and make decisions based on data on issues ranging from education to the environment to the state's business climate.

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Transportation
3:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Inslee Looks to Call Special Session for Transportation Package Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee wants lawmakers to pass a transportatiohn package by Fall.
WSDOT

Gov. Jay Inslee is ratcheting up the pressure on legislators to pass a transportation package. He said he’ll call the state Legislature into special session to approve money for transportation investments and repairs, but only if he’s sure he has the votes to pass it.

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National Guard equipment
9:03 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Inslee Seeks Modern Equipment for Guard Brigade

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking more modern equipment for a National Guard brigade in the state.

Gov. Jay Inslee asked national officials Thursday to convert the 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker brigade. That shift would give the National Guard updated equipment that may have previously been used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Columbia River Crossing
4:16 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Joint Wash.-Ore. Columbia River Crossing office to close

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011, file photo, made in Portland, Ore., the Interstate 5 bridge spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.
Don Ryan, File Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee called it “a dang shame.” Plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved, if not dead, after the state Legislature adjourned over the weekend without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

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state budget
9:32 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Inslee to sign budget with just hours to spare

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is set to sign a new state budget with just hours to spare.

Inslee was scheduled to formally adopt the spending plan Sunday afternoon after giving staff time to give a final review of the bill. Much of state government would have to shut down Monday if a new spending plan wasn't formally adopted by the end of the weekend.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
7:56 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Possible leak at Hanford nuclear site, no immediate threat seen

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee answers questions about a potential leak in a tank at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee says it will likely take a few days to confirm whether radioactive waste has leaked through the outer shell of a double-hulled underground tank at Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy disclosed it detected heightened radioactivity levels beneath a tank that holds some of the nation's worst nuclear waste. Inslee said he spoke directly to the new secretary of energy to say how unhappy he is with agency's pace of stabilizing half a dozen different leaking tanks.

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Washington Budget
11:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington estate tax refunds halted after midnight bill signing

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:16 pm

There were dramatic developments in Olympia overnight. Governor Jay Inslee held a midnight bill signing to amend Washington’s estate tax. The move means the Department of Revenue will not begin to issue refund checks Friday morning to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates.

The state of Washington was about to embark on a months-long process of refunding an estimated $140 million to more than 100 estates. This was the result of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. The money would have come out of a fund dedicated to public schools.

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State Budget
9:01 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Time Is Nearly Up For Washington Budget Deal

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:55 am

Washington’s overtime legislative session ends at midnight on Tuesday. But there’s still no agreement on a state budget for the next two years.

Over the weekend, the mostly Republican senate majority passed a revised version of its own spending plan, along with a trio of controversial policy measures.

The three policy bills are not new, the Senate passed them during the regular session. The difference is two of them now have referendum clauses, meaning voters would get the final say.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Inslee issues greenest-yet budget pledge for Climate Solutions

Governor Inslee addressing the 2013 Climate Solutions fundraiser.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photo KPLU News

As the special legislative session gets underway in Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee says some of the most important parts of his two-year budget proposal are investments in clean energy.

During a fundraiser for the nonprofit group Climate Solutions on Monday, the governor said he is pushing for a state budget that includes funds to start a new research center at the University of Washington.

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special session agenda
3:01 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Gov. Inslee narrows special session agenda

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee holds a news conference on the first day of the special legislative session, on Monday, May 13, 2013, in Olympia, Wash
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

With the state Legislature back in session for a 30-day extra inning, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday narrowed his agenda to three key items: the budget, a roads-and-transit funding package, and a crackdown on impaired drivers.

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Boeing in Washington
3:50 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Inslee begins effort to secure Boeing's next jet

FILE - In this June 14, 2012 photo, a worker on the Boeing 737 assembly line works under a wing in Renton, Wash.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to streamline government permitting and review aerospace incentives in order to help convince Boeing Co. to build its 777X jetliner in the state.

Inslee said Thursday that other strategies that lawmakers need to implement include improving the state's transportation corridors and investing in education and workforce training programs. He added those efforts can help preserve thousands of jobs.

"Today what we are doing is starting for the competition not just for the 777x but for the replacement of the 737. We’re getting ready for that today. We’re thinking long-term," the governor said.

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special session
4:01 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State budget talks slow, but governor sees progress

Washington’s special session begins next Monday. But at this point, it seems unlikely House and Senate budget negotiators will be close to a deal. Gov. Jay Inslee said both sides agreed Tuesday on some common assumptions about the next two year budget.

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Marijuana legalization
1:35 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

State law lays out proper handling of dropped pot

Washington state is making changes in state law to deal with a legal ambiguity related to the proper handling of marijuana inadvertently left at stores that have pharmacies.

Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval to the bill Friday. Supporters of the measure say it was prompted by incidents where marijuana was found at stores after it was apparently dropped. There was concern that having marijuana in the store could impact the licensing of pharmacies in the stores.

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