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Inslee heads out on 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has left for a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Inslee, lawmakers discuss court sanctions on education funding

SEATAC — Gov. Jay Inslee met with legislative leaders and Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday to discuss how to address the Supreme Court sanctions announced last week over education funding.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Northwest

High court sanctions state for school-funding ‘violation’

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers learned Thursday that the penalty for not turning in a homework assignment to the state Supreme Court is $100,000 a day.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Local News

Moving on for clean air, water

Having hit a wall of opposition in the Legislature this session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee remains committed to moving forward in some fashion with his initiatives for cleaner air and water.Inslee, who favors baseball metaphors, struck out three times with proposed...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Editorials

Aerospace is a focus for state trade mission to Japan and Korea

OLYMPIA — State officials and business leaders are heading to South Korea and Japan this month to boost Washington’s aerospace industry, as well as other industries.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Business

Inslee to lead 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he’s leaving at the end of the month for a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest

Inslee’s carbon cap won’t happen soon

OLYMPIA — It may take Gov. Jay Inslee longer to circumvent lawmakers and impose a cap on carbon emissions than he’s expecting.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News

Inslee seeks plan to limit carbon emissions

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to develop a plan to cap carbon emissions in the state and to increase enforcement of existing pollution laws, saying that the state can’t wait for legislative action to address climate change.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest

Swallowing this 'pill' is too costly

Gov. Jay Inslee is said to be weighing whether to take the dare and swallow what's been dubbed the "poison pill" that Republicans inserted into the $16.2 billion transportation package to dissuade him from moving forward with one of his key environmental proposals.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Editorials

Representatives of 72 organizations pledge to help county get healthy

EVERETT — More than 400 people representing local business and nonprofit organizations launched an ambitious effort Thursday: to improve the health of people living in Snohomish County in the next five years.It involved more than words, though. Representatives of 72...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

Our green governor stymied on his environmental policies

These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomachache — he can take.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Cities pleased with outcomes

It took 176 days, with two special sessions, including a few extra days tacked on at the end. And with so much riding on a number of outcomes, it was often frustrating to watch as deals were made, dashed and made...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Editorials

Labor group cancels invite for Inslee over Boeing tensions

SEATTLE — The state’s largest labor organization has canceled a speaking invitation for Gov. Jay Inslee due to lingering tensions over Boeing tax breaks and a worker pension freeze.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Inslee blames GOP for climate failures

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has gained national attention for rolling out some of the most ambitious climate initiatives in the country, signing pacts with other Western states and speaking at an international summit.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

A divided Legislature adjourns after 176 days of bickering

OLYMPIA — At long last, it’s over.The 2015 legislative session came to an uneventful end Friday, a record-setting 176 days after it began.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News

Gov. Inslee to give speech at climate summit in Canada

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee will be briefly heading to Canada this week to speak at the Climate Summit of the Americas.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

State’s best chance at own water rule

Even with two special sessions and counting, there were issues that the Legislature didn't get to this year. But with lawmakers' likely failure to pass legislation that would have helped the state Department of Ecology develop and enforce water quality rules, the state may now be...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Editorials

Barely in time, state budget signed; gas-tax increase passed

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year state budget a few minutes before midnight Tuesday, ensuring no state agency is closed or state worker laid off when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

Inslee signs recreational pot reform bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state’s recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

3rd special session begins with transportation agreement

OLYMPIA — House and Senate transportation leaders said Sunday that they have finalized details of a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental increase in the gas tax.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Northwest

Inslee concession clears way for $15B transportation package

Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday dropped his pursuit of a low carbon fuel standard aimed at reducing pollution, clearing away a final obstacle to an agreement with lawmakers on a $15 billion transportation package.

Date: 06/28/2015 | The Petri Dish

Inslee, lawmakers claim there's a budget deal but won't elaborate

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers concluded a second special session Saturday as their leaders claimed they had reached agreement on a new two-year budget.But House...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Local News

Gov. Inslee takes emergency wildfire action

OLYMPIA — Citing extreme wildfire risk with high temperatures and widespread drought conditions, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and the state lands commissioner took emergency steps Friday to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires — and deal with them if they start.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Northwest

A united call to pass transportation budget

An open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Mark Schoesler, Sharon Nelson and Curtios King; House Speaker Frank Chopp and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Dan Kristiansen; and all members of the Washington state Legislature:We are writing in a united, bipartisan spirit as leaders,...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Commentary

Failure on budget can't be allowed

There's still more brinkmanship at play than bipartisanship as Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature negotiate a state budget deal, but Gov. Jay Inslee continued his mediator role Friday and provided some insight into where the two sides are at.One of the larger...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Editorials

Is a state budget deal imminent? Apparently not

OLYMPIA — It didn’t take long Friday for a bubble of optimism about a budget deal to be burst, stoking concern about a possible partial government shutdown in 10 days.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News

New taxes appear to be off table in state budget talks

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that closing some tax exemptions should be the compromise that the House and Senate consider in order to reach a budget agreement quickly and avoid a partial government shutdown in Washington state.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Lacking a budget, most state agencies will close July 1

OLYMPIA — State officials on Thursday explained what will happen if parts of government shut down July 1, and it could be a mess.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News

Northwest governors’ proposals threaten jobs in energy

Even as the energy sector helps propel the nation's economic resurgence with billions of dollars of investment in new project and technologies, it is facing hurdles in an unlikely quarter: states with economies that depend on a strong energy sector.From Alaska to Washington,...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Partial transportation spending package signed by governor

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a new two-year transportation budget to keep state troopers on patrol, state ferries operating and help solve the problem of traffic back-ups on the Edmonds waterfront.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News

Report: Inslee advisers courted new oil refinery

PORTLAND, Ore. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently said he hadn’t heard much about a new oil refinery along the Columbia River, but emails show his administration has been working for months to facilitate the project.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest

State lawmakers show signs of movement toward budget deal

OLYMPIA — Efforts to reach agreement on a state budget seemed to be creating momentum on Monday as Gov. Jay Inslee met with legislative leaders of both parties and House Democrats rolled out a new plan they called a “substantial compromise.”

Date: 06/01/2015 | Local News

Governor calls 2nd special session as lawmakers squabble

OLYMPIA — A lot was going on, but not much was happening Thursday as state lawmakers concluded a monthlong special session.They passed a few bills and exchanged a few barbs, but House Democrats and Senate Republicans didn’t get a deal done on a new state budget.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

Another plea for compromise

The news last week that the state could expect about $415 million more in revenue than was initially projected should have brought the Legislature, divided over the next two year budget, closer to a deal.While it may have closed some of the $1 billion gap between what House...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Editorials

Inslee donating raise to school fundraising site

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says that he’s donating his pay raise to a fundraising site that helps with school expenses.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

Inslee signs tougher oil-train law, calls on feds to act

OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Amended cap-and-trade proposal could get another look

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Second shot to reduce carbon

There may yet be some hope that the Legislature can pass carbon-reduction legislation this year.With the special session well under way and little being said publicly about budget negotiations, Democrats in the House have

Date: 05/13/2015 | Editorials

A legacy liquidated: Kelley’s presence purged from Olympia

It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington’s state auditor.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Local News

Invest to reduce wildfire risks

There may be at least one advantage to the Legislature needing a special session (or two) to pass state budgets this year; it has put its decision regarding funds to prepare for and fight wildfires closer to the actual wildfire season and, perhaps, closer to the realization that...

Date: 05/06/2015 | Editorials

Unfinished in Olympia: budget, transportation, pay raises, pot

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are returning Wednesday for a special session with pretty much the same to-do list they...

Date: 04/26/2015 | Local News

Nothing ‘special’ about delay

This ought to be an editorial that praises the Legislature for having tackled a formidable list of tasks, including a budget of transportation projects for the next 16 years and a gas tax increase to pay for it, operating and capital budgets with funding for important programs and...

Date: 04/26/2015 | Editorials

Agreement on oil, marijuana as Legislature adjourns for now

OLYMPIA — It’s a wrap, for now.The Legislature concluded its regular session on Friday by approving new rules for oil trains, including a means of letting emergency responders know in advance when shipments are traveling through their communities.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Local News

Legislature to adjourn Friday; special session Wednesday

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday called for a special session to start next Wednesday for lawmakers to finish work on a two-year state operating budget, but he said that he wants budget negotiators in his office on Monday to get a head start.

Date: 04/23/2015 | Local News

Sorry, captain

Editorial: Shatner and California can't have our water

Date: 04/23/2015 | Editorials

Take carbon reduction plan to the public

When he introduced in November the report of a 21-member citizens panel recommending strategies for reducing carbon pollution, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed hope...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Editorials

Lawmakers agree on something: Special session seems inevitable

OLYMPIA — The governor and legislative leaders agreed Tuesday that, barring a miracle, there will be a special session of the Legislature after its regular session, scheduled to end on Sunday. Agreeing on a two-year budget this week seems impossible.

Date: 04/21/2015 | Local News

Governor signs law for geologic hazards mapping

OLYMPIA — A new law signed by the governor Friday aims to give residents a wealth of new information about geologic dangers lurking in Washington.Now the challenge is getting enough money in the next state budget to make it happen.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

Gov. Inslee repeats call for state auditor to resign

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

A drag on business

E-cigarette retailers worry about pending legislation

Date: 04/17/2015 | Business

In Olympia, talk of impeaching an indicted state auditor

TACOMA — Many of the state's elected leaders agreed Thursday: Troy Kelley must go. They included Democratic colleagues like the governor and the attorney general.But the state auditor said Thursday he will not quit the office as he...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Senate panel guts bill allowing new toxic-waste program

OLYMPIA — With the feds pressing Gov. Jay Inslee to better protect consumers from toxic chemicals in fish, a Senate committee gutted a potentially pivotal bill to allow the state to set up a new toxic-cleanup program.Inslee now opposes the legislation, saying it would...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News

Carbon proposals threaten state transportation budget

Improving Washington's infrastructure and transportation system is a top priority for state legislators on both sides of the aisle. This is good news for people who work in the manufacturing and transportation industries and lends an opportunity to create jobs in the state. The one...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

Balance of power between GOP and Dems should bode well in the state legislature

There will be no pomp or ceremony Thursday when Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sit down with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to talk budget.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News

Landslide-mapping bill approved and sent to governor

OLYMPIA — The first major change in state policy inspired by the Oso mudslide cleared the final legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Local News

Oregon’s ex-governor’s fiancee played active state role

SALEM, Ore. — The fiancee of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who recently stepped down amid a scandal, was active and involved in his administration, according to email released by the state.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest

Gov. Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

OLYMPIA — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest

Tax increases meet two goals

With Democrats in the state House and Republicans in the Senate in general agreement about how much to spend on education, both now face a tougher climb in finding agreement in how to pay for it.The Senate...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Editorials

State auditor a no show at legislative committee hearing

OLYMPIA — Embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley skipped a chance to testify before lawmakers Wednesday, a development that has them pondering their subpoena power.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Local News

Inslee signs measure paving way for WSU medical school

OLYMPIA — A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday ends the 98-year prohibition against opening a medical school at Washington State University.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest

Washington governor: No state-funded travel to Indiana

OLYMPIA — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says he is imposing an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians and others based on religious beliefs.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest

Inslee takes a neutral stance on Boeing tax breaks

Sixteen months ago, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the largest tax break any state has ever given a private company.It

Date: 03/12/2015 | Local News

Progress being made on mudslide commission's key recommendations

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are working to enact the key recommendations dealing with mudslides made by the commission that studied what happened at Oso last year.Bills progressing through the House...

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

No suspects in vandalism of Hindu temple, school

Law enforcement officials said Thursday they have no suspects so far in two cases of harassing graffiti at a Hindu temple and a junior high school in Bothell.Gov. Jay Inslee, meanwhile, said vandals...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Local News

Talks ordered in Montana mine dispute involving Schweitzer

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has ordered settlement talks to resolve a legal dispute in which former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and others are seeking $10 million in compensation over some condemned mining claims.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest

State Senate passes $15 billion transportation package

OLYMPIA — The Senate on Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.The chamber passed the revenue bill on a 27-22 bipartisan vote and negotiations with the House...

Date: 03/02/2015 | Northwest

Oso, surrounding communities to receive state Medal of Valor

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new law Monday enabling the communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to receive the state’s Medal of Valor later this month.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

E-cigarettes have their place for those who want to quit smoking

As the Legislature considers how it will fund the state's 2016 budget, Gov. Jay Inslee is asking that the Legislature's budget do the following:Apply a 95 percent sales tax on all vapor product devices, components and liquids;

Date: 02/28/2015 | Commentary

County leaders like Senate's roads plan, but it has a bumpy road ahead

OLYMPIA — The multibillion-dollar transportation package proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee in December disappointed many civic and business leaders in Snohomish County.The governor drew up a plan to spend $12 billion in 12 years on transportation that identified only two...

Date: 02/23/2015 | Local News

New Oregon governor will continue death penalty moratorium

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she’ll continue a death penalty moratorium imposed by her predecessor while she seeks a debate about “fixing the system.”

Date: 02/20/2015 | Northwest

Mudslide communities to be awarded state Medal of Valor

OLYMPIA — The communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will receive one of the state’s highest honors next month for the heroism of residents and tribal members in response to the deadly Oso mudslide.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

Incoming Oregon governor will talk about restoring trust

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s incoming governor, Kate Brown, plans to call for efforts to restore trust in government when she rises to the state’s top job following an ethics scandal that prompted the resignation of John Kitzhaber.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest

Bisexuals hopeful as one of their own becomes a governor

NEW YORK — “LGBT” has become a household term amid sweeping advances for gay rights, and yet the “B” sometimes seems like an awkward fit. The sudden advent of America’s first openly bisexual governor may provide a chance to ease the awkwardness and broaden understanding of the bi community.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest

Subpoenas arrive as Oregon governor announces departure

SALEM, Ore. — Just hours after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign, a subpoena arrived in a state office building confirming that federal agents are looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest

Oregon governor’s resignation puts spotlight on secretary of state

PORTLAND, Ore. — The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber offers a swift promotion to the liberal Democrat who is next in line to succeed him: the 54-year-old secretary of state who has long been thought to have her eye on Oregon’s top elected position.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Northwest

Getting the jobs we paid for

Quid pro quo.The Latin term generally means "something for something." In Washington state it often means "tax breaks for jobs." At least that was what many thought it meant in late 2013 when the Legislature and the governor

Date: 02/12/2015 | Editorials

GOP readies transportation plan with no climate-change initiatives

The wait is nearly over.Senate Republicans, after two years of avoidance, are putting the final touches on a multibillion-dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber asks attorney general to eye influence allegations

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday asked the Oregon attorney general to look into influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee’s work for advocacy organizations.

Date: 02/10/2015 | Northwest

$5 million pledge adds urgency to project

The clock is ticking. Six years might seem like plenty of time, but when you're dealing with the Legislature and government agencies, time — and a $5 million offer of transportation funding — can easily flit by.Where the

Date: 02/10/2015 | Editorials

Oregon Governor asks attorney general to eye influence allegations

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday asked the Oregon attorney general to look into influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee’s work for advocacy organizations.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Northwest

Inslee supports effort to limit vaccine exemptions

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that he supports a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children, calling it one strategy in the state’s efforts to increase vaccination rates.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Local News

Adopt low-carbon fuel limits

Following the lead of California and directed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Ecology is slowly moving forward with a proposed rule that would require a reduction in the carbon emissions resulting from...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Editorials

First draft of clean-fuels rule; senators offer own plan

SEATTLE — Washington state is inching toward a requirement to reduce carbon pollution from fuels for cars and trucks with a proposal released Wednesday.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Northwest

Parties regroup to battle over student test scores once again

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Local News

UW, WSU need a doctor pact

We expect Washington State University and the University of Washington to scrap when they face each other in the Apple Cup and in other athletic contests. It's not productive when they squabble over money and academic prestige, particularly when it involves training medical students who...

Date: 02/05/2015 | Editorials

Kitzhaber: Fiancee’s Taxes Raise Legitimate Questions

Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday his fiancée will have no role in his administration for the rest of his fourth term after questions were raised about her consulting work.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest

Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee’s sweeping proposal to rein in greenhouse gases with a charge on polluters is being heard Tuesday in the House Environment Committee. The plan would cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon...

Date: 01/27/2015 | Northwest

Inslee to area lawmakers: Step up for transportation package

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee isn't backing away from his decision to fund just two new projects in Snohomish County over the next 12 years in his statewide transportation package.And he's not backing away from comments made this...

Date: 01/25/2015 | Local News

Getting officials on same path

If Snohomish County is going to see more than $81.8 million in projects as the Legislature hammers out a transportation budget, it may take some mending of fences and building of bridges before any roads are improved.Gov. Jay Inslee was at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday...

Date: 01/25/2015 | Editorials

Inslee says county's own lawmakers to blame for lack of roads funding

ARLINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee didn't come to Arlington on Wednesday to apologize for giving Snohomish County short shrift in his proposed $12 billion transportation package.Rather, he came to tell a small group of civic and business leaders the reason why: It's your...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Local News

Road help for mid-sized cities

You can forgive Mountlake Terrace, Arlington, Monroe and Snohomish County's other mid-sized cities, those with populations between 10,000 and 50,000, if they sometimes feel like the overlooked middle child, especially when it comes to funding for transportation projects.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Editorials

Inslee's cap-and-trade plan faces uphill climb

OLYMPIA — Ask people if they like the idea of making companies pay for what they pollute and using the money for schools, roads and a cleaner environment, and many will tell you yes.But when they are told a

Date: 01/18/2015 | Local News

Report: More supervision, less prison for property crime

OLYMPIA — A new report announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday recommends Washington put more property-crime offenders on supervision instead of relying exclusively on prison.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest

Lawmakers honor former Gov. Dan Evans with resolution

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers from the House and Senate honored former governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans with a resolution noting his long service to Washington state.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest

Inslee's plans for state

Governor calls for taxes on carbon emissions, capital gains

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News

Oregon governor, fiancee hire lawyers amid scrutiny

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, have hired lawyers as they face scrutiny over Hayes’ consulting work.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest

Gov. Inslee lays out priorities: Education, transportation, clean energy

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state has a moral obligation to address carbon pollution and used his State of the State address Tuesday to tout his recent proposal for a cap-and-trade program that requires the largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest

Transportation package tops wish list in Olympia

OLYMPIA — As a new legislative session began Monday, Snohomish County’s delegation expressed bipartisan support for a transportation package in some form and money for Washington State University in Everett.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News

A way to protect health and jobs

We may now have a way to eat our fish and have our jobs, too.The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed a new water quality rule that, based on a...

Date: 01/13/2015 | Editorials

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