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Spin Control 2012 governor archive

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Gov debate: Tribal gaming

Inslee: There's a federal process and that process needs to be followed. I have a concern about expansion of tribal gaming that could lead to harm for existing businesses. Each of them needs to be reviewed on the merits. Need to look at land use...

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Gov debate: Supermajority for taxes

How will you vote on the initiative? McKenna: We will go to the Supreme Court and I believe they will overturn the King County ruling the supermajority is unconstitutional. The voters have been clear on taxes. They did so because it provides a higher wall....

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Gov debate: Transportation

When is the right time to ask voters for a tax increase for transportation? McKenna: The fall of 2013 or fall of 2014. It will depend on the voters' reaction to the list of projects...including the North Spokane Corridor. We need to look for ways...

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Gov debate: McKenna to Inslee

If you could do it over, would you make it possible to make it easier to get mortgagest for people with poor credit? Inslee: The problem was de-regulation of Wall Street. I stood up to Bill Clinton and my party on the repeal of Glass...

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Gov debate: Inslee to McKenna

Inslee: As King County Council president, the council passed a budget that was out of balance in King County, why should voters trust you as governor? McKenna: I opposed a new tax increase, the council passed it. In my opinion, it was the wrong thing...

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Gov debate: Coal exports terminals

Inslee: Look at them through the lens of jobs and job benefits, and the potential downsides for the towns the trains will go through, including Spokane. Right policy and it is the law. This is a moment of truth for the state of Washington: Will...

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Gov debate: Jobs

How many jobs can you create if you're elected? How can the state afford tax breaks to business if you're going to spend more for higher education? McKenna: It's not something we can afford to do right away. The current threshhold doesn't make sense, but...

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Gov debate: Higher ed

Inslee: I know how difficult it is to see this incredible debt burden on kids. We've got to do things to make higher education more affordable. . . Expand online learning universities from some of the restrictions...allow colleges to commercialize some of their technologies...

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Gov debate: Education

Will you ask for a new tax for schools? Inslee: No. I'm proposing job creation (to increase revenue) and close some of the corporate tax loopholes. We are 5th in high tech jobs, but 46th in the production of students to fullfill those jobs...We have...

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Gov debate: Health care

What steps would you take if the Supreme Court McKenna: Implement the health insurance exchange, expanded Medicaid program. We also need to look to insurance reform to create more competition. We need a market that is national. We also need liabilitly reform, reduce the cost...

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Gov debate: Opening statements

Here's how the gubernatorial debate in Spokane started: Rob McKenna: We need a new direction for Washington...These dreams are at risks.)ure Streets aren't safe. Our schools leave people behind, our universities are too expensive. Jay Inslee: Build a working Washington. I have an abiding faith...

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