Latest Washington state government News

Inslee reaches donor requirement to qualify for first debate

May. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The presidential campaign of Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has collected donations from more than 65,000 donors. Inslee tweeted Friday that he met the threshold, which likely guarantees him a spot in the first Democratic debate in late June. He said: "I can't thank you enough —...

Inslee says he's hit donor threshold for presidential debate

May. 24, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's hit a fundraising threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates slated to begin next month. Inslee said while appearing at a climate rally in Las Vegas that he learned Friday morning he'd received donations from at least 65,000 people,...

Washington state farmers commit to increasing hemp crops

May. 23, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Washington state farmers have committed to plant significantly more hemp than they did in the previous two years, officials said. Farmers plan to plant more than 9 square miles (or 23 square kilometers) of hemp this year, Capital Press reported Wednesday. The state Department of...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

May. 22, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates...

Passes near Mount Rainier to open Thursday

May. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Cayuse and Chinook passes near Mount Rainier will open Thursday in time for Memorial Day weekend. KING-TV reports the Washington State Department of Transportation plans to reopen the roadways Thursday at 8 a.m. after their annual winter closures. When they open, drivers can travel on State...

WA governor signs bill changing tax exemption for Oregonians

May. 22, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that changes how the sales tax exemption for Oregonians shopping in that state works. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Wednesday that Oregon residents will no longer be free of Washington's 6.5% sales tax at the cash register. Instead,...

State budgets get signature, warning from governor

May. 21, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets, officially designating funds — and tax increases — to pay for state programs for the next two years. Along with existing programs, the budgets fund expanded college grants for...

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

May. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed limit when he hit a curve, federal safety investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board announced the...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

May. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

May. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached. The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems. Inslee, who is seeking the...