Stories tagged: Gov. Jay Inslee
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017
Editorial: Pot-fearing AG should meet with state officials
Why is the attorney general ignoring his own task force, cherry-picking data, using outdated information and raising the specter of a federal shutdown? Possibly because he holds the outdated view …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
Sessions raises concerns over Washington’s pot legalization
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he’s disappointed with a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the state’s efforts to regulate marijuana.
Thu., May 25, 2017
Coming soon: Hold the phone, get a ticket
The law will take effect sooner than intended after Inslee vetoed a section that would have the measure take effect in 2019; instead, the new law will be in place …
UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 6:27 p.m.
Inslee talks trade in meeting with Mexico’s president
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s visit to Mexico City was part of a weeklong trade mission to the country.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee visits Mexico as part of trade delegation
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee was in Mexico on Friday as part of a trade delegation.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Inslee signs bridge bill
With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 …
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee signs sexual assault protection order bill
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
State employees can take vacation days within first 6 months
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a law allowing new state employees to take vacation time within their first six months on the job.
Sun., April 30, 2017
Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case
One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
New Washington laws legalize industrial hemp, require inspections for marijuana edibles
Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws on marijuana edibles, lock boxes and industrial hemp.
Fri., April 21, 2017
Lawmakers’ public-records exemption isn’t justified
There is no good reason for lawmakers to carve out this exemption for themselves. Every argument they offer would apply to any other elected official.
Sat., April 1, 2017
Act locally to resist climate change rollbacks
Trump’s beliefs about climate change and carbon emissions and economic impacts are an affront to science.
Wed., March 22, 2017
Transparency shouldn’t be gamed for political gain
Transparency and open government are important principles. If broadly and fairly applied, they should be supported. If not, it’s the cynical thrust and parry of politics.
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Alarmed by Trump’s environmental policies, Inslee champions wildfire prevention
Washington’s governor says he’s concerned about President Donald Trump’s stated intention of slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget as well as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s skepticism about the cause of …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
State agencies won’t enforce federal immigration laws, Inslee says
State agencies will not help enforce federal immigration laws by routinely checking a person’s residency status, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 1 p.m.
New ferry director young and passionate
There’s a new generation leading Washington’s ferries. Forty-year-old Amy Scarton became director Feb. 1, bumping interim boss Elizabeth Kosa back to her No. 2 staff chief position. Kosa, 38, didn’t …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 8 p.m.
Veterans home in Walla Walla officially opens
The first residents of the new state Walla Walla Veterans Home began moving in Wednesday, just in time for a grand opening ceremony on Saturday.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017
Education funding talks can finally begin
Now that Senate Republicans have produced a plan to resolve the most contentious aspects of basic education funding, it means that bargaining can begin.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures
Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017
Abolish death penalty in Washington
The reasons to continue the death penalty have been based more on emotion – the urge to see a brutal killer pay the ultimate price – rather than as a …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:56 p.m.
Inslee visits Spokane home highlighting early childhood education
Katrina DeVries has high expectations for herself as a parent. But after having her second child, she started to suffer from postpartum depression. And she had two children under the …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016
Bryant offers more engaged leadership
Gov. Jay Inslee has a sunny re-election pitch: Economy has rebounded; big investments in education and transportation; definitive action on climate change. And while much of that occurred while he …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 9:39 p.m.
‘Progress’ or ‘failed’? Inslee, Bryant debate issues
Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Bill Bryant sparred Monday night over education, taxes and government oversight in their second debate.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Gary Crooks: Quiet panic behind school funding debate
Plan after plan has been agreed upon over the years only to fall apart when it came to time to screw up the courage and find the funding. Last session, …
Thu., July 21, 2016, 10:21 p.m.
More money needed for Seattle’s delayed tunnel project
The troubled project to replace an aging double-decker highway bridge hugging Seattle’s waterfront with a tunnel faces up to $223 million in cost overruns, Washington transportation officials said Thursday.
Sun., June 12, 2016
Editorial: New casino won’t stem old anxieties
The more tribal gambling expands, the harder it is to say no other tribes. The proof is right in front of us. Also the pressure builds to allow non-tribal businesses …
Sat., June 11, 2016
Sen. Mike Padden: DOC, governor must accept responsibility for deadly prison releases
It is dismaying to hear a spokeswoman for the governor claim the Senate’s investigation revealed nothing new, even though the governor’s own report on the matter absolved most agency managers …
Tue., June 7, 2016, 1:40 p.m.
Cascadia Rising: Practicing for the Big One
Some 20,000 federal, state and local disaster officials and military personnel from around the Northwest and across the country are practicing for “the big one” – a cataclysmic quake off …
Wed., May 25, 2016
Editorial: Open up public employee bargaining
There is no value added in keeping the public in the dark on negotiations that commit the state to huge expenditures.
Wed., May 4, 2016
Editorial: Leaders right to face down discrimination
The movement to exempt people from tasks that run afoul of their religious beliefs is growing to the point of absurdity. We don’t see it in Washington, because of strong …