Jay Inslee

Legal Marijuana
5:07 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Washington Governor Says Pot Legalization Must Inspire “Confidence”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state must prove to the Obama administration that it can create a well-regulated marijuana market.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the eyes of the nation will be on the state as it creates a legal marijuana market over the next year. The new governor said Thursday that along with legalization comes the expectation that illegal pot production and sales will mostly end.

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Wash. Temporary Taxes
5:06 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Inslee Open To Extending Temporary Taxes In Washington

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:47 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is open to extending the temporary taxes set to expire this year. On his first full day in office, the Democratic governor said he still favors balancing the budget without tax increases, in his words, “as much as humanly possible.”

But Inslee says he does not consider the continuation of a temporary tax as an actual tax hike.

“I am not proposing or advocating to do that today," the governor said. "But I want to make sure that I allow the legislators room to discuss this potential.”

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Inaugural Ball
6:13 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Inslee Keeps Speech Short At Inaugural Ball

On his first night as Washington Governor, Jay Inslee wore a black suit with a maroon tie and lapels. The area where he stood earlier in the day to take the oath of office was now surrounded by sharply dressed people. Inslee had just a few words for guests at the Inaugural Ball.

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Response To Inaugural Speech
6:29 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Social Issues In Inaugural Speech Rub Republicans Wrong Way

Washington’s new governor touched a nerve with some Republicans in his inaugural address. On the topic of abortion Democrat Jay Inslee called on the legislature to pass the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. It would require health insurers that cover maternity services to also pay for abortions.

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New Washington Governor
6:26 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Inslee Takes Oath Of Office

Washington officially has a new governor. In a ceremony in Olympia Wednesday, Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office.

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Wash. Governor Inauguration
6:22 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Democrat Jay Inslee takes the oath of office in a first-in-history ceremony in the capitol rotunda.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23rd governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

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Inslee Inaugural Address
5:05 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

New Washington Gov Talks Gun Violence, Climate Change In Address

Jay Inslee was sworn in as Washington’s 23rd governor on Wednesday.
Credit Washington Governor website

In his inaugural address, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about gun violence, climate change and school funding. But the new governor’s speech Wednesday offered few specific policy proposals.

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Wash. Governor Inauguration
4:02 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

In pre-swearing in remarks, Inslee's friend and environmental activist Denis Hayes focused on global climate change and said Inslee is the "first political chief executive in American history to be elected principally on a platform of combating climate disruption."

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Ougoing Wash. Governor
4:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In her final state of the state speech, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire urged lawmakers to fund schools and roads. The two-term Democrat delivered her farewell address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.

Gregoire told the assembled legislators they should come up with an additional $1 billion for schools in the next budget to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling.

“There is no free lunch," the governor said. "We cannot cut our way out of this. We cannot save our way out of this.”

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Inslee Appointments
6:36 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Shipbuilder Executive To Lead Washington Social Services Agency

A shipbuilding executive with no social work experience will head Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced that appointment and four other cabinet picks Thursday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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