Stories tagged: Gov. Jay Inslee
Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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, midnight
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 …
Wed., April 20, 2016, midnight
Reprieve for state auditors is a start
It was odd to see legislators from both parties hack $10 million out of the budget of the one office charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.
Wed., April 13, 2016, midnight
Western State Hospital in dire need of control
We were reminded why mismanagement in faraway Lakewood matters here when two civil commitment patients escaped the hospital and one of them made it back to Spokane County.
Sun., April 3, 2016, midnight
Editorial: Charter schools need sustained support
Supporters say the new law resolves the constitutional questions, but opponents will almost certainly challenge it. The Legislature may need to return to the drawing board. It would help it …
Sat., March 19, 2016, midnight
Tim Osborn: Long struggle for mental health system
Changes in our laws, more and better managed facilities, more professionals, proven, innovative community approaches and training of first responders are all within our ability.
Fri., March 4, 2016, midnight
Editorial: State’s prison scandal hits home
A tragic consequence to the state’s prison-release scandal hits Spokane family.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, midnight
Vancouver oil terminal is a dangerous plan
Oil trains are too dangerous to encourage 28 more per week. Gov. Inslee should reject an oil terminal in Vancouver.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, midnight
Smart Bombs: Power play, not road rage
The firing of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t an act of road rage. It’s the beginning of the campaign to replace Gov. Jay Inslee.
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Inslee takes a Spokane bus ride to celebrate transit funding
Gov. Jay Inslee took the bus to his afternoon appearance in Spokane, and shared with his fellow riders how pleased he is that lawmakers approved an $11 billion transportation funding …