- 09/08/2016 – State government seeking feedback on Washingtonians’ priorities
- 08/30/2016 – Inslee statement on the passing of retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith
- 08/28/2016 – Inslee statement on death of Robert “Bob” Santos, community leader
- 08/24/2016 – Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding death of Staff Sergeant Matthew V. Thompson
- 08/23/2016 – Inslee appoints acting director of Results Washington
- 08/23/2016 – Inslee declares emergency in 20 counties due to multiple wildfires, extreme fire conditions
- 08/18/2016 – Inslee announces Tracy Guerin as director of Department of Retirement Systems
- 08/17/2016 – Inslee announces Clean Energy Fund grid modernization grants
- 08/12/2016 – Inslee endorses Bothell downtown grant following tour of fire devastation
- 08/11/2016 – Inslee statement on DEA’s marijuana decision
- 08/10/2016 – Inslee endorses national rape kit reform effort
- 08/09/2016 – Inslee announces appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of Department of Transportation
- 08/08/2016 – Inslee announces appointment of Brett Blankenship to Washington State University Board of Regents
- 08/06/2016 – Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding death of Lt. Col. Flando Jackson
- 08/04/2016 – Inslee appoints Ollie Garrett to Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
- 07/30/2016 – Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding this morning’s shooting in Mukilteo
- 07/20/2016 – Gov. Inslee, Executive Constantine take a big-picture, cooperative approach to state’s mental-health system
- 07/18/2016 – Inslee selected to lead governors’ education committee for second time
When I was in the House of Representatives, I made decisions that I knew weren’t popular because it was the right thing to do. I’ve made them as governor, and I stand by those decisions. I stand by my commitment to create a more equitable economy in this state. I stand by my pledge for commonsense gun safety reform. I stand by my support for raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick leave. I stand by my commitment to protecting the environment for generations to come.
Now our campaign is about to hit a critical fundraising deadline. Will you stand by me and contribute $5 to my campaign today, before June 30th?
Do employees in Washington deserve the right to paid sick leave?
Do workers in Washington deserve the right to fair pay?
Do we — right now — have the opportunity to lead the nation in creating an economy that works for all Washingtonians?
This week, the Washington state House is hearing bills on both guaranteeing paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage.
Workers shouldn’t have to choose between their health — and their families’ health — and putting food on the table. That’s why guaranteeing that most employers provide paid sick leave is the right thing to do.
Raising the minimum wage is fair to workers, and it’ll boost our state’s economy as whole. When workers have more money to spend, local businesses across the state benefit. Raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour is not only fair — it’s smart.
While these two bills are being heard in the House, it’s critical that we build up public support for a Washington economy that works for all. Washington is the best place in the country to live and work. Let’s keep leading by supporting these two bills. Will you sign on today?
Along with improving our infrastructure, investing in education, and supporting an accessible healthcare system, guaranteeing paid sick leave and a fair minimum wage are essential to providing a Washington that works and provides opportunity for all.
Thank you for your commitment to creating a better Washington.
Very truly yours,
Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on signing of bill to create a health care database for patients and providers
- Inslee announces hire of Alex Alben as state’s first Chief Privacy Officer
- Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on legislative passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act
- Gov. Jay Inslee calls special legislative session for April 29, will call budget writers back early
- Governor Inslee expands drought emergency to include more of Washington
- Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee about State Auditor Troy Kelley
- Governor Inslee statement on Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act passage in Congress
- Inslee and bipartisan group of governors renew call for Congress to reauthorize Export-Import Bank
- Gov. Jay Inslee’s statement on House transportation proposal
- Boards and commissions appointments by Governor Jay Inslee – March 2015
- Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on Senate proposed 2015-17 operating budget
- Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom” Law
- Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 operating budget
- Statement from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee on the apparent federal investigation involving State Auditor Troy Kelley
- Gov. Inslee answers questions during online Q&A
- Inslee, Western governors call on Congress to finally address wildfire funding
- Gov. Inslee announces appointment of John Fairgrieve to the Clark County Superior Court
- Gov. Inslee welcomes Juno Therapeutics’ headquarters in Seattle
- Governor Inslee declares drought for three Washington regions
- Inslee announces appointment of Janet Helson to King County Superior Court
- Statement from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee on House Passage of HB 1472
- Boards and commissions appointments by Governor Jay Inslee – February 2015
- Inslee’s oil transportation safety bill passed with bipartisan support out of state House of Representatives
- Inslee draws attention to recent anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu and anti-LGBTQ crimes
- House approves Gov. Inslee’s Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act
- Gov. Jay Inslee highlights proposals to improve tax fairness for working families in Washington
- Gov. Jay Inslee’s statement on today’s House passage of bills to increase the state minimum wage, enact paid sick and safe leave
- Gov. Inslee statement on Senate approval of transportation package
When I released my budget, I said that we needed to reinvest in Washington. I stated that we need to find a sustainable, long-term solution to funding what we care about most: our schools, our infrastructure, our health, and our environment. To that end, I proposed that we raise revenues in two major ways: by charging our state’s biggest polluters and by introducing a capital gains tax.
It is an ambitious plan, and it’s one I believe we need in order to move our state forward.
Yesterday, the House released its budget, and while we’re still reviewing the details, I support the general framework of their plan.
This budget is fair. It includes capital gains as a revenue source that would raise millions by taxing a small group of the wealthiest Washingtonians. It also raises revenue by closing tax loopholes.
This budget is balanced. By introducing new revenue streams like the capital gains tax, it allows for increased investment in our schools, our health, and our infrastructure.
This budget invests in our people. It provides funding for early learning, a tuition freeze, and mental health services.
This is an approach I can support.
I’m disappointed that the House didn’t include my proposed carbon market program because we know that a healthy environment is one more investment in our future that we need to make. I’ll continue to advocate for programs that will reduce carbon pollution, and am glad that the House leadership committed to continue working on this measure as budget negotiations continue.
The important thing to know is this: For nearly half a decade, we’ve been cutting essential services and neglecting our duty to invest in the future. That stops now.
It’s time, once again, that we invest in Washington.
Very truly yours,