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In the Newsroom with Gov.Inslee

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Washington will soon become the fifth state in the U.S. to offer a paid family and medical leave program for workers. It’s arguably the most forward-thinking paid family leave program in the nation.

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a bill to restructure how the state serves at-risk children and youth by creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families. It will be led by Ross Hunter, director of the state’s Department of Early Learning.


A message from Governor Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee


Once again we find ourselves confronting an emboldened, racist minority. And once again we all have a responsibility to act.

When we see hatred, we must speak up. When bigots march in our communities, we must stand united in opposition. When racism is stoked for political gain, it’s on all of us to denounce and decry the hate.

I hope history won’t remember the cowards with torches this weekend, but instead shines with the light of those who joined together for freedom, peace, and justice — people like Heather Heyer.

Our lowest common denominator will not prevail, not in the United States of America. This must be a moment where we reaffirm a core commitment: We will never ignore an attack on our people. We will not tolerate hate in any form from Charlottesville to Seattle, and we will not allow white nationalists to feel emboldened by the administration in D.C. Instead we’ll make our common progressive values — inclusion, justice, and compassion — ring from sea to sea.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. And we’ll do it together.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

a message from gov Inslee … why I did it

Jay Inslee


Last week, I made a hard decision, but it’s one I am proud of.

I vetoed a tax cut for businesses that was passed in the dark of night — a tax cut that would let businesses pay less, just as we’re asking hardworking families to pay more for our children’s education. Worse yet, 21% of the revenue of this cut would have been given to out-of-state oil companies, and there was absolutely no accountability.

This part of the bill was, simply, unfair. It cannot be justified or excused to raise taxes on hardworking families while lowering taxes for businesses. This is revenue that could be used for our schools, our early learning programs, college tuition, and public safety. This is revenue that could be used to meet our Washington citizens’ needs — not pad the pockets of Big Oil.

Here’s the thing: Republicans knew this would cause outrage. That’s why they tried to slip this into the budget in the dead of night. They knew it wouldn’t fly if debated publicly. And that’s why they’ve been attacking me since the veto, holding the legislative process hostage, and trying to build support to overturn my veto.

Please stand with me — for fairness, for Washington families, and for our kids. Voice your support now.

Please, sign on to show your support for my veto of a tax cut for businesses, at the same time we’re asking Washington families to pay more.

Thank you for helping me.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee ~ In the news room

Gov. Jay Inslee ~ In the news room