Governor Jay Inslee

Washington Budget
7:42 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Washington Governor Proposes Capital Gains Tax On Wealthy

Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveils his budget proposal in Olympia, Wash. Thursday.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Oregon and Idaho have a capital gains tax. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to enact one. It’s part of a $1.4 billion tax package the Democratic governor proposed Thursday.

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Inslee Budget
4:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Washington Governor Prepares To Release Budget, Taxes To Pay For It

File photo of the Washington State Capitol
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:50 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

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Tax Proposal
4:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Washington Governor Likely To Propose Robust Tax Package

According to the governor’s budget director, Gov. Jay Inslee has planned to propose a mix of cuts and revenues to balance the upcoming two-year budget.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is likely to propose a more than $1 billion revenue package when he unveils his proposed two-year budget next week.

That’s according to the governor’s budget director who briefed reporters Tuesday at the Capitol.

Washington is expected to take in nearly $3 billion more in taxes over the next two years. Even so, the governor’s budget office anticipated a nearly $2.5 billion shortfall. A school funding lawsuit and cost of living raises for state and K-12 employees are two big ticket items.

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Reducing HIV Infections
6:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Wants To Cut New HIV Infections By Half In 2020

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to cut the number of HIV infections in half by the year 2020.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said by the year 2020, he wants to cut the number of new HIV infections in half. 

Heather Hill, a manager with the Benton-Franklin Health District in Kennewick, has seen a shift since AIDS emerged.

"In my 30-year public health career I’ve seen a real change in attitude in a lot of people that, ‘so what if I get an STD, it’s treatable,’ You know, chlamydia has become pretty normal and accepted,” Hill said. “ And that worries me.”

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Drone Regulations
5:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

State Drone Regulations Not Cleared For Liftoff In Olympia

In conjunction with his April veto, Governor Inslee declared a 15-month moratorium on state agency purchases of drones and asked local police to follow suit.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Washington governor's office unveiled draft rules for government use of drones Monday. This would replace drone legislation that Democrat Jay Inslee vetoed earlier this year. 

The state's chief information officer presented the draft bill to a task force convened by Washington's governor. Michael Cockrill said the Inslee Administration's preferred approach is "to be permissive, not restrictive."

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Wildfire Funding
4:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Washington State’s Largest Wildfire Not Enough To Merit More Federal Assistance

A rancher surveys the fire damage in the Methow Valley near Twisp, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington State’s worst fire season was not bad enough to warrant more federal assistance. People of the Methow Valley and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation were hoping for more money to rebuild hundreds of lost homes and livelihoods.

In the Methow Valley there’s now a housing shortage. The state estimates somewhere around 350 homes were burned down. Now, families are trying to stay near their jobs, the people they know or schools.

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Wildfire Help
6:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington State To Feds: We Need More Help To Recover From Wildfires

Kent Stokes, outside of Twisp, Wash., surveys the damage of his burnt-down home and shop.
Credit Anna King

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires. 


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Governor's Office Break-In
5:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Video Released Of Break-In At Washington Governor’s Office

This image from a surveillance camera in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office lobby shows two female burglary suspects on the evening of Sunday, June 15th. The one on the left has just taken a State Patrol ceremonial hat and put it on. The women were later arrested and the stolen items recovered.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It doesn’t rise to the level of the Watergate break-in. But the Washington State Patrol Friday released surveillance video of a recent burglary in Governor Jay Inslee’s office. Instead of political skullduggery, this appears to be a crime of opportunity.

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Criminal Justice
6:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth

Governor Jay Inslee meets with his newly appointed Justice Reinvestment taskforce. It will look at evidence-based ways to reduce the growing need for prison beds
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. That growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned. The Democrat Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wash. Officials: We're Focused on Keeping Pot Out Of Hands Of Minors

Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.
Credit Brett Levin / Flickr

The open era of recreational marijuana is about to start in Washington state. And Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.

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