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Inslee names budget chief

OLYMPIA — Governor-elect Jay Inslee selected the leader of the state Senate's Budget Committee staff as his new budget director.

Inslee told his transition team today that he would appoint David Schumacher as the director of the Office of Financial Management, making him the incoming governor's chief budget adviser.

Schumacher spent the last two years, and from 2003-2008 as the head of the nonpartisan staff for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, that chamber's panel in charge of budgets. He spent the two years away from the committee as director of northwest government affairs for Boeing.

Inslee called him a creative thinker with “unparalleled” experience in fiscal matters.

Inslee names transition team

Governor-elect Jay Inslee named a three-person transition team today comprised of a school superintendent, a software executive and a university president as he put out a call for talent “every single place we can find it.”

Inslee appointed Washington State University President Elson Floyd, Microsoft corporate counsel Brad Smith and Renton Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel to lead his search for a new department heads when he takes office in July. The trio of “change agents” represents the kind of state government he said he wants to develop, from both sides of the Cascades, from different industries and from public and private sectors.

Floyd said he welcomed the opportunity to help position the state for economic growth: “We have an incredible talent base here in our state.”

At the same time, he put out a call for Democrats, Republicans and independents who want help the state address what he called its great challenges. The state has struggled since the recession with declining revenues that don't cover its planned programs, and now faces a court mandate to increase spending on public schools to meet its constitutional obligations.

In responding to questions that followed his announcement . . .

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