Governor Jay Inslee http://www.kplu.org en Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims http://www.kplu.org/post/flags-lowered-statewide-one-week-honor-landslide-victims <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flags will fly at half-mast across Washington state until next Tuesday to honor the victims of last month's deadly landslide. Earlier Tuesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner raised the death toll by one to 37. Seven others remain missing.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:30:05 +0000 Tom Banse 16047 at http://www.kplu.org Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention http://www.kplu.org/post/grieving-widow-helps-spearhead-first-its-kind-state-law-suicide-prevention <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144249830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Depression is one of the biggest <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/riskfactors.aspx" target="_blank">risk factors</a> for suicide, and people who seek help for it tend to go to their regular doctor. But, as one Seattle family discovered, doctors aren’t always prepared to deal with a patient who has thoughts of suicide. A <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2315" target="_blank">new law&nbsp;in Washington state</a>, the first of its kind nationwide, seeks to change that. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 15946 at http://www.kplu.org Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-feds-did-not-provide-comprehensive-hanford-cleanup-plan <p>Gov. Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan.</p><p>The Democrats’ comments follow a face-to-face meeting Monday with the secretary of energy who made a special trip to meet with the governor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:34:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14960 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan End In Sight For Washington Legislature, Still Plenty Of Work To Do http://www.kplu.org/post/end-sight-washington-legislature-still-plenty-work-do <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington lawmakers are in the home stretch — or at least they hope they are.</span></p><p>The current 60-day session is supposed to adjourn this coming Thursday. But the House and Senate still have to agree on an update to the two-year budget. And that’s not the only major issue that remains unresolved.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:23:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14569 at http://www.kplu.org End In Sight For Washington Legislature, Still Plenty Of Work To Do Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-teachers-union-clash-over-evaluation-measure <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030614AJ_TeacherEval_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.<p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:24:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14501 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-prepares-make-moral-case-carbon-reduction-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy, or complicate his re-election chances.</span></p><p>He wants to cap carbon, the biggest culprit in greenhouse gas emissions in Washington. It’s a controversial and potentially costly idea. But the Democrat believes it’s an economic and even moral imperative in the long term.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:16:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14363 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction Victims' Families Want Curbs On Gov's Ability To Halt Death Penalty http://www.kplu.org/post/victims-families-want-curbs-govs-ability-halt-death-penalty <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Family members of murder victims gathered in Olympia Wednesday to express anguish over </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-suspends-death-penalty-wash-state">decision to halt the state’s death penalty</a>.</span></p><p>They testified before lawmakers considering curbs on the governor’s authority to grant reprieves. They told of their daughters and sisters, a mother, an aunt all taken cruelly from them. And they expressed outrage that they should be forced to pay, as taxpayers, for the killers to live.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:02:45 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14175 at http://www.kplu.org Victims' Families Want Curbs On Gov's Ability To Halt Death Penalty Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-explores-minimum-wage-hike-state-workers-contractors-0 <p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">President Barack Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The Democrat made his comments Friday after a meeting with the president at the White House where minimum wage was discussed.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:37:14 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13972 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors Why Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/why-democrats-are-suddenly-talking-about-minimum-wage <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">President Obama talked about it in his State of the Union address last month. SeaTac voters approved a $15 per hour base wage last fall. And there’s a push now to adopt the same in Seattle. Even in Idaho, there’s a minimum wage campaign afoot.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">It turns out this is no accident; it's part of a national effort to put the issue before politicians and voters.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:10:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13739 at http://www.kplu.org Why Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage Gov. Suspends Death Penalty In Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-suspends-death-penalty-wash-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one will be executed in the state of Washington as long as </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inslee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in office, the governor said Tuesday.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">"Equal justice under the law is the primary responsibility of our state. And in death penalty cases, I am not convinced equal justice is being served," Inslee said.</span></p><p>The governor, who previously supported the death penalty, said he decided to issue the moratorium after a months-long review of strong arguments on both sides of the issue, as well as a visit to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla where <a href="http://www.doc.wa.gov/offenderinfo/capitalpunishment/sentencedlist.asp" target="_blank">nine inmates are currently on death row</a>. But&nbsp;Inslee&nbsp;said his decision wasn’t based on just those nine people.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:40:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Martha Kang 13515 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Suspends Death Penalty In Wash. State Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-wants-put-200-million-more-education-supplies-teacher-colas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making another push for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education. The Democrat made his pitch Tuesday, but there’s no indication the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate can be persuaded.</span></p><p>The money would pay for the reforms the Legislature has already approved, including a 1.3 percent salary increase for teachers and staff. The governor said the money will include sending $130 million to K-12 public schools to pay for textbooks, computers and curriculum updates.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:28:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins & The Associated Press 12968 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs Gov. Inslee Calls For Minimum Wage Hike, More Education Funding, Teacher COLAs http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-calls-minimum-wage-hike-more-education-funding-teacher-colas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inslee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is calling for a hike in the minimum wage as well as cost-of-living increases for teachers. Those were two of the Democrat’s key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday.</span></p><p>But Republicans lawmakers quickly shot down the ideas.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:51:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12583 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee Calls For Minimum Wage Hike, More Education Funding, Teacher COLAs Inslee’s Optimism May Not Be Enough For Gas Tax Package http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-s-optimism-may-not-be-enough-gas-tax-package <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. &nbsp;Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he will continue to push for a gas tax package in the 60-day session that starts Monday. But a key transportation leader in the State Senate signaled last Thursday that prospects for a deal may be dimming.</span></p><p>Nearly a decade has passed since the last gas tax increase passed in Washington. Now leaders on both sides of the aisle agree another multi-billion dollar roads and transit package is needed.</p><p>But the details are the topic of heated debate in the state Capitol. A dozen negotiating sessions this fall ended with promises to resume talks this month.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12444 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee’s Optimism May Not Be Enough For Gas Tax Package State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding http://www.kplu.org/post/state-supreme-court-lawmakers-must-expedite-education-funding <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.</span></p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:25:19 +0000 Florangela Davila & Rachel La Corte 12440 at http://www.kplu.org State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-bemoans-corporate-incentive-competitions <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wishes states weren't in constant competition to provide financial incentives in order secure jobs from big companies.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:50:32 +0000 Mike Baker 12428 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions