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Tag: Jay Inslee

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
12th

UPDATE: State Revenue Dept. to send out 10 estate-tax refunds worth $13 million starting Friday

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s office says estate tax refund checks won’t actually go into the mail until Friday morning, which is when the Revenue Department is back in court on another lawsuit seeking a refund under the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling. Meantime,  Senate and House lawmakers are in talks to seek if they can get a deal done by midnight Thursday.

ORIGINAL POSTWith no legal fix immediately in the offing for Washington state’s estate tax, the Department of Revenue is moving ahead and issuing $13 million worth of refunds – plus

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June
11th

Ex-Senate budget-writer Dino Rossi has quietly been giving budget advice to Senate Majority Caucus

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus may be made up of 23 Republicans and two Democrats with limited experience writing budgets or leading a political caucus. But they have had an ace in the hole for most of the session this year as their majority locks horns with a Democrat-controlled House and new Democratic governor.

Dino Rossi, the Republican who used his  work in the 2003 Senate-House budget wars to launch two gubernatorial campaigns, has been giving key senators in the Majority Coalition some general advice along the way this year. Rossi said his counsel

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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

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee again slaps Senate Republicans’ estate tax plan

 

Gov. Jay Inslee took big shots today at a Senate Majority Coalition Caucus plan to lower estate-tax rates for wealthy families and also to exempt two-thirds of the 300 estates that now pay the voter-affirmed tax each year. In a news conference just one week before the scheduled end of a 30-day legislative session, Inslee said the Republican-led coalition was moving in the wrong direction by favoring millionaires with a tax cut over the state’s 1 million children enrolled in public schools.

The estate tax, which lawmakers approved in 2005 and voters affirmed in a 2006 initiative challenge, has

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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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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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