State Relations


October 14, 2013

Forecast shows revenues up, confidence down

On Friday (Oct. 11), the Washington State Economic Revenue & Forecast Council published it’s monthly economic and revenue update. Among other news, the report shows that tax collections were again higher than previously forecast, and consumer confidence is down, likely as a byproduct of the federal government shutdown. A few additional highlights from the update: Washington…

September 10, 2013

Governor Inslee launches Results Washington initiative

Today (Sept. 10), Gov. Jay Inslee launched a new performance management initiative dubbed Results Washington. The data-driven performance management and continuous improvement system focuses on five goal areas: World-class education Prosperous economy Sustainable energy & clean environment Healthy & safe communities Efficient, effective & accountable government

July 19, 2013

Governor Inslee appoints new UW Regents

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of Constance Rice and Rogelio Riojas to the University of Washington Board of Regents. From the Governor’s statement announcing the appointments: “Constance and Rogelio are well-suited to the UW Board of Regents. They bring important life and professional experiences that will guide the UW’s vision and work as…

July 16, 2013

This week in Olympia news: Maxwell leaving House for Inslee Admin., state revenue collections tick up, Kip Tokuda remembered

The News Tribune’s Political Buzz reported last week that State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-41st Legislative District) is leaving the State House this month to join Governor Jay Inslee’s administration. According to a statement obtained by the TNT, Maxwell will join Governor Inslee’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office as Senior Education Policy Advisor. Maxwell was elected to three…

May 10, 2013

The Olympian: Higher education a smart investment in state’s future

The Olympian published an editorial today supporting reinvestment in higher education, and noting recent remarks given by President Young: [W]e hope lawmakers will consider the remarks made by University of Washington President Michael Young at the Thurston County Chamber luncheon Wednesday. Young, who met earlier with The Olympian’s editorial board, laid out a convincing argument…

May 6, 2013

Governor Inslee announces new appointments to Student Achievement Council

Governor Jay Inslee today made four new appointments to the Student Achievement Council. The cabinet-level agency was formed last year to oversee the state’s higher education system, provide strategic planning and advocacy for increased student success and to align pre-K-12 and postsecondary education opportunities. According to the Governor’s news release, the four new appointees are:…

March 12, 2013

Gov. Inslee Announces Cabinet Appointments: Agriculture, Early Learning and Health

Announced three new cabinet appointments today: @WSDAgov, @DEL_wa and @WA_DeptofHealth #waleg #wagov — Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) March 12, 2013

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