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Category: Governor

June
18th

New state revenue report improves climate for budget talks, but will it end all talk of closing tax loopholes?

Two forecasts of state revenue and caseloads  lent $320 million of new hope Tuesday at the Capitol that a budget deal can be brokered in time to avoid any potential shutdown of state services on July 1.

But while Senate Majority Coalition leaders contended the new money takes all new taxes off the table – and while they offered to drop business-backed demands for changes to the state-run workers compensation system – House Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget writers were still looking at options.

The Democrats were still looking for ways to protect the social safety net

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June
13th

Gov. Inslee canceling trade trip to Paris Air Show; U.S. Rep. Larsen going in his place

Gov. Jay Inslee said today he is canceling his scheduled Friday trip to the Paris Air Show to boost the state’s fortunes in aerospace. Mired in a second special legislative session, Inslee said he is asking U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett to go in his place, leading “a delegation of 52 aerospace executives, educators and economic professionals,” a news release says.

Larsen is ranking Democrat on the Democrat on the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee and his hometown is host to much of Boeing’s commercial airplanes work.

The governor’s full press release is here. An excerpt:

The air show is a

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June
12th

Gov. Inslee, Cabinet start work to see which services can continue if government shuts down

Gov. Jay Inslee convened his Cabinet leaders Wednesday afternoon, and he gave the agency directors an outline to follow if the Legislature’s gridlock forces a state government shut down. The new budget cycle begins July 1 and agencies need a clear budget authorization to spend money for many services and programs.

A two-page memo from the governor’s budget director David Schumacher to agency directors and statewide elected officials asks them to make lists of services that can continue and those that cannot under a shut down.

Lists are due by 5 p.m.

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June
4th

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee’s climate-change work group passes 1st big hurdle, picks consultant without a partisan fight

The legislative workgroup chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee voted unanimously this evening to hire a Virginia-based climate consultant to examine Washington state’s options for reducing greenhouse gases that are contributing to global climate change. The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup is tasked with figuring out the best way for Washington to meet its goal of slashing greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 – and how best to reach that goal set by the then-Democrat-controlled Legislature in 2008.

Getting an independent evaluation of what could work in the

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June
4th

Governor’s climate work group to pick consultant today

 

 

 

Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate-change work group is under way, and a pivotal moment is taking place this afternoon in Olympia. That is when the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup’s members – namely the Democratic governor and two lawmakers from each political party – hold interviews with five of the consultants that responded to a request for proposals to study state responses to climate change.

All told, 14 consultants submitted applications. Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island said that lawmakers and government staffers went through

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June
4th

McKenna launches ‘smarter government’ web site; is forming nonprofit that may have advocacy role

Republican Rob McKenna, the state’s leading Republican figure after his vigorous run for governor last year, probably isn’t coming back to public life as a candidate any time soon. But his new web site devoted to “smarter government” ideas is up and running. Within weeks the former Washington attorney general’s other forays back into public policy and politics should become clearer as the details of his nascent and nonprofit Reform Alliance (aka REAL) organization is birthed.

“Today we launch my new website, which will replace my RobMcKenna.org campaign site,” McKenna wrote on his site, which will

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May
22nd

Gov. Inslee signs bill giving adoptees more access to birth records

 

As an adoptee, state Rep. Tina Orwall once hoped to win more disclosure. As one who gave up a child for adoption, Sen. Ann Rivers didn’t want to allow more. In the end, a compromise bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee this week strikes a middle ground both lawmakers are hailing as a step forward for those involved in adoptions.

The legislation – House Bill 1525  lets those adopted before October 1993 obtain a copy of their original birth record, if the birth

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May
22nd

UPDATE – Salary commission just set pay – giving Supreme Court justices higher pay than governor

 

If case you wondered, Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t getting a pay raise this year – or in 2014. But the nine members of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will get raises on Sept. 1 – when their pay rises above that even of the governor.

The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials finished its work today and it is holding pay for governor – the top elected official’s spot – at $166,891. That’s the same it’s been since September 2008, shortly before the economy’s bottom fell out.

UPDATE: “It’s appropriate for these times

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