Stories tagged: Chris Gregoire
Sun., Jan. 8, 2012
Fish and Wildlife appointee criticized
The appointment of an Eastern Washington environmentalist to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has upset some rural officials, who say their small-town values are unfairly being pushed aside in …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2012
Gregoire backs gay marriage
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire’s emotional call for Washington state to legalize same-sex marriages brought cheers from supporters who filled her conference room Wednesday. But opponents were already coalescing for …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
Gov. Gregoire to support gay marriage bill
Gov. Chris Gregoire said today she wants the Legislature to pass a law making same-sex marriage legal.
Wed., Dec. 21, 2011
Gregoire signs budget patch
OLYMPIA – With advice to the Legislature to show up “tan, rested and ready” in January to finish fixing the state’s budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the $480 million …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2011
Gregoire considers efficiency measures
OLYMPIA – Washington should abolish the Liquor Control Board and see if a private company can do a better job of managing the state lottery, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday. …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2011
Gregoire proposes more flexibility in clean-energy law
SEATTLE – Large utilities in Washington state will soon have to get at least part of their power from new renewable sources like wind and solar. But with a voter-mandated …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2011
Budgeters put tough decisions on hold
OLYMPIA – For two weeks, legislators have heard emotional, sometimes angry testimony against major cuts to state programs and in favor of raising taxes. Monday, it became apparent they will …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
State budget deal elusive
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire acknowledged legislators are unlikely to pass some $2 billion in budget cuts she proposed in this special session. The governor also sees no chance …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
Gregoire seeks funds to train engineers, aerospace workers
OLYMPIA – Less than a month after asking the Legislature to cut $2 billion from the state’s General Fund budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking it to add about $8 …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2011
Washington budget director urges state cuts
OLYMPIA – Washington state can’t wait until next year to cut its budget, the state’s budget director told legislators Monday. In the wake of recent comments by legislators that cast …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
‘Good news’ for business, Gregoire says
OLYMPIA – Most Washington businesses will see lower unemployment taxes and many will have no increase in their workers’ compensation rates in 2012. In announcing the new rates for next …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
Renton chosen for new 737 aircraft production
Ending months of speculation, Boeing on Wednesday announced it will base future production of the new 737 MAX aircraft in Renton, Wash. State and area officials have worked months to …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
Governors want marijuana reclassified
OLYMPIA – Governors from Washington and Rhode Island asked the federal government Wednesday to reclassify marijuana so it can be used for medical use. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island …
Wed., Nov. 30, 2011, 5:08 p.m.
Change federal marijuana rules, Gregoire says
OLYMPIA — Governors from Washington and Rhode Island asked the federal government Wednesday to reclassify marijuana so it can be used for medical use.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 11:12 a.m.
Gregoire to seek half-cent sales tax hike
OLYMPIA — Voters could be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase next March to help replace some of the $1.7 billion in cuts the Legislature will be asked …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Inmates tapped to fill labor shortage harvesting orchards
WASHINGTON – Even after deploying 105 prison inmates this week to help pick apples, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says growers still need from 3,000 to 4,000 workers to help harvest …
Fri., Oct. 28, 2011
‘Dreadful’ budget cuts loom
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list Thursday of possible choices to slash $2 billion from the state budget, more than a fourth of that total from public schools …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
State wants employees to pay more for health care
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state employees to pay more for their health insurance, and is asking union leaders to reopen labor contracts. Their initial response: Not unless businesses …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 8:27 a.m.
Gregoire tries again for retired space shuttle
The governor has sent a letter offering to help NASA find a temporary home for a retired space shuttle, while California and New York ready permanent new homes.
Sun., Oct. 2, 2011, 4:47 p.m.
Cash-strapped states spend thousands at Paris Air Show
As their cash-strapped governments slashed public programs and shed jobs, records show officials from at least 14 states jetted across the Atlantic in June to attend the Paris Air Show …
Sun., Sept. 25, 2011
Spin Control: Revenues rise, parties will capitalize
OLYMPIA – With almost all the news about Washington’s financial state hovering between dismal and abysmal over the past two weeks, it was good to catch one silver lining in …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
Special session planned to cut $2 billion from state budget
OLYMPIA – The Washington legislature may spend the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas playing Scrooge to state agencies and programs. That’s when they’ll be called into a special session to …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2011, 10:42 a.m.
Gregoire calls special session for Nov. 28
OLYMPIA— Gov. Chris Gregoire will call the Legislature back for a special session on Nov. 28 to deal with a budget shortfall.
Thu., Sept. 22, 2011
Gregoire to set special session
CLE ELUM, Wash. – The state’s economic outlook is likely to get worse in the next two months. Until she knows how much worse, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, 10:23 p.m.
Negotiators reach deal to end Tacoma teachers strike
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Negotiators have reached a deal to end a teachers strike that forced the cancellation of more than a week of school in Tacoma.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, 1:51 p.m.
Gregoire expects more bad news before summoning lawmakers
Washington’s economic outlook is so much more likely to get worse in the next two months that Gov. Chris Gregoire said she won’t call the Legislature into a special session …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2011, 8:55 a.m.
Gregoire orders new talks in Tacoma teachers strike
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has told both sides in the Tacoma teachers strike she wants them back at the bargaining table at 10 a.m. today, and if they don’t have …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2011
High court rulings go for, against McKenna
OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Rob McKenna did not overstep his legal authority when he joined a lawsuit last year against federal health care reforms pushed by President Barack Obama, …
Sun., Aug. 28, 2011
Spin Control: Cities dazed, confused over marijuana control
OLYMPIA – Whether she realized it or not last spring when wielding her “partial veto” pen, Gov. Chris Gregoire has prompted a hodgepodge of pot laws around the state and …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2011
Gregoire seeks federal disaster aid for farmers
OLYMPIA – Here’s one more thing to consider when complaining about this year’s weather: All 39 counties in Washington may be “disaster areas” and eligible for farm disaster aid because …