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Photo of Richard Onizuka, CEO, Washington Health Benefit Exchange Richard Onizuka

12/12 - Accessing quality health care coverage will soon be getting easier for residents across the state. At the forefront of national health care reform, Washington is leading the way to create a new online marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder. Read more »

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Bill Hanson

11/13/12 - Washington’s Lottery is proud to partner with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs in offering the 2012 raffle. Read more »

   
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Wendy Korthuis-Smith

11/08/12 - Working together, the public and private sector can achieve extraordinary results. The first report to the Governor about Washington state government’s Lean transformation progress provides promising examples of that potential. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

09/11/12 - Did you know that reading to your child just 20 minutes a day can ensure future success? Recent studies suggest that if a child is proficient in reading by the time they finish 3rd grade – they’re more likely to graduate from high school. Read more »

   
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Paul Trause

08/08/12 - The Employment Security Department has added new features to the WorkSource website to make it easier for employers and veterans to find each other. Read more »

   
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John Batiste

07/25/12 - We at the State Patrol are in the process of saying goodbye to an old friend. Ford Motor Company has stopped making the venerable Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which might have been the most popular form of law enforcement transportation since the horse. Read more »

   
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Dan Newhouse

07/18/12 - New public-private partnerships for infrastructure investment continue to keep Washington agriculture competitive in the global marketplace. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoiree

05/04/12 - Along with Secretary of Health Mary Selecky, I have announced a series of new emergency efforts to help curb the state’s whooping cough epidemic. Read more »

   
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Paul Trause

04/05/12 - Although our state’s economy is on the mend, many businesses still are living on the edge. Read more »

   
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Dan Newhouse

03/27/12 - With a new free trade agreement with Korea, we have the opportunity to expand our business relationship with one of our most critical trading partners. Read more »

   
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Bernie Warner

02/17/12 - Operating a Prisons Division 24/7 is difficult even under ideal conditions. Operating 12 prisons during a natural disaster raises the bar even higher. As the recent brutal snowstorm proved, our staff at the Department of Corrections always manages to pull together and overcome adversity. Read more »

   
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Dan McConnon

02/06/12 - Did you know that each year about 20 percent of Washington taxpayers miss out on receiving up to $5,751 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) payments from the Internal Revenue Service? Read more »

   
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Paul Trause

01/30/12 - Unemployment taxes for the October-December 2011 tax period are due on Jan. 31. But what if your business is struggling and you can’t afford your tax bill? Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

12/23/11 - As the year comes to a close, and I reflect on the past 12 months, what often doesn’t get told are the incredible stories of our state employees who perform exceptionally well under increasing scrutiny. Read more »

   
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John E. Lee

11/04/11 - November is for Veterans! It’s Veterans History Awareness Month, Veterans Day, and this year November is also Hire-A-Vet month. Read more »

   
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Wendy Korthuis-Smith

10/17/11 - When resources are thin, and getting thinner, we have to ensure that every tool we have is used in the most effective way to get every ounce of benefit out of it. Read more »

   
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Mary Selecky

09/28/11 - Washington has great shellfish. We eat and export more than 75 million pounds of shellfish, worth $100 million, every year. Many of us enjoy gathering and eating shellfish from our favorite beaches. While our shellfish is plentiful and delicious, we’ve got to take a few precautions to help avoid shellfish-related illness. Read more »

   
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Bill Hanson

09/15/11 - Washington’s Lottery is proud to be partnering with the Washington Department of Veteran’s Affairs to produce the first Hometown Heroes Raffle.  The Hometown Heroes Raffle is an annual game from Washington’s Lottery that runs from Labor Day through Veterans Day and supports Washington veterans who have served our nation since 9/11. Read more »

   
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Marty Brown

09/13/11 - With the revenue forecast due this week, I think it’s helpful to share a document I recently presented to a group of business leaders. “Budget at a Glance” describes our state’s operating budget: what revenues compose it, how the money is spent and pressures upon our spending decisions. Read more »

   
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Bernie Warner

08/29/11 - The nation’s high unemployment rate has impacted nearly every household in our state, so it’s difficult to be concerned about offenders who struggle to find jobs as well. But it is an issue that the Department of Corrections pays attention to because it has a potential impact on public safety. Read more »

   
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Mary Selecky

08/22/11 - Outdoor activities are a big part of summer in Washington. We've had to wait for summer this year, and now that it's here, many families are camping and hiking together. Read more »

   
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Rogers Weed

07/19/11 - Friday marks the launch of a landmark program for Washington homeowners facing foreclosure. Thanks to bipartisan work this session, Washington is the third state with a non-judicial foreclosure process to introduce a program designed to help homeowners and their lenders reach a resolution. Read more »

   
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Phil Anderson

07/18/11 - Summer is a great time to take advantage of the fishing opportunities provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fisheries are now open throughout the state’s waterways, where the department releases millions of fish from its hatcheries each year. Read more »

   
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Ted Sturdevant

07/05/11 - With rising gas prices, families are putting more thought into their weekend plans. No one wants to drive for hours – especially with tired kids -- just to find that a favorite beach is closed for swimming or a campsite isn’t what you had in mind. Read more »

   
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Peter Goldmark

06/29/11 - This Friday, July 1, you will need a Discover Pass to visit the 7 million acres of state lands DNR, Washington State Parks and Recreation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manage. Read more »

   
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Paul Trause

06/13/11 - In this difficult economy, we know it’s hard to find jobs. Yet the unemployment insurance system doesn’t work unless people who receive benefits make legitimate efforts to find jobs. At the Employment Security Department, we make sure those receiving benefits are living up to their end of the bargain and looking for work. And we take that job seriously. Read more »

   
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Liz Luce

05/23/11 - Did you know you can renew your vehicle tabs and driver’s license with a couple of mouse clicks? It’s true. As part of our 21st century business model, the Department of Licensing is working to increase convenience for customers by offering more than 20 services online. Read more »

   
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Susan Dreyfus

05/09/11 - Our state’s tradition of health care innovation took another step forward recently when Washington won a $1 million federal grant to improve care systems for patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. Read more »

   
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Eva Santos

05/04/11 - This week, Washington joins states across the nation in celebrating Public Service Recognition Week. Read more »

   
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Dan Newhouse

04/11/11 - A great way to taste Washington’s freshest produce is directly from the producer through a farm-to-table program. Read more »

   
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Suzan DelBene

03/29/11 - The recession has been tough on Washington businesses. The Department of Revenue’s tax amnesty period is giving them a fresh start by waiving penalties and interest on certain unpaid taxes. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

03/23/11 - Educators and policymakers often seek answers to questions like, “What can we do to improve student achievement?” Education research and plans are necessary to make sure we know how to best educate our kids and whether current programs work. But we must ensure that they are done efficiently and effectively. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

03/15/11 - Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers will dominate the knowledge economy. Today, many students struggle with their studies in these areas, and Washington state can’t afford to fall behind in these critical disciplines. Our economy and prosperity depends on our students’ success. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

03/10/11 - Washington state must improve university graduation rates. The jobs that will fuel our growth out of this recession and into the 21st Century will require college degrees and a skilled workforce. Read more »

   
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Mary Selecky

02/02/11 - This is a busy, hectic time of year — catching up after the New Year and getting back into the routine. Read more »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

01/10/11 - The magnitude and depth of this recession has made one thing clear — business as usual can no longer be the norm. Read more »

   
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Eldon Vail

11/19/10 - This summer the Governor’s Office set up a website for the public to recommend ways to rethink and prioritize state government services as we navigate through a historic budget crisis. More than 35,000 Washington citizens provided input, and No. 2 on that list was to have offenders working in our communities. Read more »

   
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Eleni Papadakis

11/03/10 - With more than 300,000 Washingtonians unemployed and looking for work, no job should go unfilled. Yet a recent survey of employers found that 6 percent had such a hard time finding qualified applicants, they left the job empty. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary, Department of Health

Mary Selecky

10/27/10 - The cooler, wetter weather of fall is a reminder that flu season is here. While it’s not creating the same frenzy as last flu season, we should never let our guard down when it comes to flu. Read more »

   
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Dan Newhouse

10/05/10 - It’s good to be back after our intense two-week trade mission to China and Vietnam. The jet lag certainly takes a toll and I don’t think I have ever appreciated Washington’s wonderful clean air more, but the trip is showing good return on investment. Read more »

   
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Rogers Weed

09/29/10 - Overall, things went very well for our delegation in China and Vietnam. The Governor did a terrific job representing our state and country. Read more »

   
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Judy Schurke

08/11/10 - People who commit fraud against L&I’s workers’ compensation system cost taxpayers money and put those who do the right thing at a competitive disadvantage. That’s why the Department of Labor & Industries is working hard to combat fraud. Read more »

   
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Marty Brown

07/20/10 - Monday night nearly 450 citizens came to learn about the state budget and offer ideas for the next two-year spending plan. The session in Tacoma was the first of four executive budget hearings to be held this month as part of Governor Gregoire’s plan to transform Washington’s budget. Read more  »

   
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Governor Chris Gregoire

07/07/10 - The best way to create agriculture policy that ensures success is to meet with the farmers on the ground and experience what they do every day. That’s why I just hosted a “Feeding Washington” tour throughout Eastern Washington – 10 stops in six counties over two days. Read more  »

   
Eldon Vail, Secretary, Department of Corrections

Eldon Vail

05/27/10 - The sheer size of the work we do at the Department of Corrections – incarcerate more than 16,000 offenders in prisons, supervise nearly 20,000 offenders in communities, ensure the state’s third-largest agency operates smoothly 24/7, including holidays  – is so large and consuming that our staff members rarely take time to celebrate their achievements. Read more  »

   
Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Eleni Papadakis

05/19/10 - If you are thinking of going to school for a better job or to boost your career, do your homework first to make sure you get a return on your investment of time and money. Read more  »

   
Rogers Weed, Director, Department of Commerce

Rogers Weed

05/05/10 - TechAmerica Foundation released their 13th Annual Cyberstates Report placing Washington on top of the list nationally for software publishing. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

04/16/10 - I want to encourage you to take a few moments to fill out your 2010 Census form. It is important that every household complete the Census form and every individual gets counted.Read more »

   
Dan Newhouse, Director, Department of Agriculture

Dan Newhouse

03/19/10 - We have a wonderful new tool at the Department of Agriculture that is helping farmers sell their products directly to consumers and create new jobs. Our staff has just published a handbook on regulations and strategies that will give a boost to small farm and food product businesses.Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

03/04/10 - How can jobs and the unemployment rate both go up at the same time? On March 2, we announced that Washington added 12,400 jobs in January – the first jobs gains since November 2008. At the same time, the estimated unemployed rate inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point, to 9.3 percent.Read more »

   
Bette Hyde, Director, Department of Early Learning

Bette Hyde

02/26/10 - Every child in Washington deserves to start school confident and ready to learn. The Governor and Legislature provided funding for the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to design and pilot a kindergarten readiness assessment. Read more »

   
Judy Schurke, Director, Department of Labor & Industries

Judy Schurke

02/19/10 - Warning: Are young workers safe at work? When Mel Camilli rolls his wheelchair in front of a group of high school students, he commands their attention. Missing two legs from a logging accident that happened as a young man, Mel is a visible lesson to teens that youth is no protection against injury. Read more »

   
Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Eleni Papadakis

02/10/10 - The Governor should be applauded for her decision to increase spending for the state’s Worker Retraining Program in a proposed budget that otherwise delivers some tough decisions. This program is critical during times of economic distress, helping workers who lose their jobs retool and prepare for new career fields. Read more »

   
Judy Schurke, Director, Department of Labor & Industries

Judy Schurke

01/19/10 - L&I is dedicated to fighting fraud in our workers’ compensation system. We also work hard to bring employers into compliance with industrial insurance regulations so that everyone pays their fair share of premiums. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary, Department of Health

Mary Selecky

01/11/10 - While H1N1 (swine flu) isn’t making the headlines as much these days, it’s still around and you should take it seriously. It’s a good time to get vaccinated; there’s plenty available now. Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

01/05/10 - The recession is starting to ease, but it will take time for our unemployment rate to drop significantly. At the Employment Security Department, we’re not easing up our efforts to improve service to people who are claiming unemployment benefits. We’ve hired more intake staff, added phone lines and extended our call hours. Read more »

   
Liz Luce, Director, Department of Licensing

Liz Luce

12/04/09 - These are tough economic times for Washington State. As the director of the Department of Licensing, it is my responsibility to work harder than ever to make my agency as lean and efficient as possible, while still meeting our core mission of protecting public safety. Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

11/12/09 - WorkSource works! That’s the finding of a new study that examined the effectiveness of WorkSource job-search services. Read more »

   
Larry Williams, Assistant Director, Department of Commerce

Larry Williams

10/16/09 - Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Commerce was proud to welcome the first ever regional Future in Review (FiRe) Conference to Seattle. Read more »

   
Rogers Weed, Director, Department of Commerce

Rogers Weed

10/06/09 - Why is Washington the best place in the world to build airplanes? Read more »

   
Bette Hyde, Director, Department of Early Learning

Bette Hyde

10/02/09 - September marked a significant milestone for young children in our state: The 150,000th child was enrolled in the state’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children and families. Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

09/30/09 - This recession has taken a heavy toll on jobs in our state. But some companies are avoiding layoffs with the help of the Employment Security Department. Read more »

   
Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, Deputy Director, Department of Veterans Affairs

Alfie Alvarado-Ramos

09/28/09 - I’d like to send a huge Thank You to each of the 373 woman veterans and active duty military personnel who attended our Women Veterans Summit on September 12! Read more »

   
Sharon Foster, Chair of Washington State Liquor Control Board

Sharon Foster

09/23/09 - As a parent, and in my professional role as Chair of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), I’m concerned about our children’s access to alcohol. Read more »

   
Robin Arnold-Williams, Policy Office Director

Robin Arnold-Williams

09/16/09 - On Sept. 14, 2009, our state natural resource agency directors, along with policy and budget staff for Governor Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, released for public review a set of ideas for reforming the state’s natural resource management.Read more »

   
Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, Military Department

Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg

08/14/09 - General Odierno's letter to Governor Gregoire acknowledges the challenging mission of the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) and the lasting impact of their service in Iraq. Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

08/06/09 - Sometimes issues collide in unexpected ways and with unintended consequences. Take, for example, Washington’s unemployment-insurance program and our friends and family who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary, Department of Health

Mary Selecky

07/30/09 - With temperatures topping 100 degrees in Washington this week, make sure to do what you can to stay cool. I know we’re not really used to this kind of weather here, but severe heat should be taken very seriously. It can make you ill. It can even kill you. Don’t let that happen. Read more »

   
Rogers Weed, Director, Department of Commerce

Rogers Weed

07/23/09 - Washington State has a new Department of Commerce, and we’ve been hard at work beginning our transition from Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED) to Commerce. We have a new name and a clear, simple mission: grow and improve jobs in the state. Read more »

   
Linda Villegas Bremer, Director, Department of General Administration

Linda Villegas Bremer

07/14/09 - Additional high-protein food is now being distributed to food banks throughout Washington, thanks to almost $2 million of extra funding provided by the federal Recovery Act. Read more »

   
Judy Schurke, Director, Department of Labor & Industries

Judy Schurke

06/25/09 - The home-improvement season is on us, and some homeowners might be tempted to choose a contractor based only on price, particularly in this tough economy when many are struggling to make ends meet. Read more »

   
Eva Santos, Director, Department of Personnel

Eva Santos

06/22/09 - With looming layoffs and budget cuts, state employees continue to prove their generosity by giving through the state’s workplace giving program, the Combined Fund Drive (CFD). Read more »

   
Dan Newhouse, Director, Department of Agriculture

Dan Newhouse

06/08/09 - Gov. Gregoire’s recent agriculture mission to D.C. was a hectic, action-packed 48 hours and a resounding success. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

06/03/09 - This week Washington Department of Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse and I will be meeting with key Obama administration cabinet officials and policy makers in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues surrounding our state’s agriculture industry. Read more »

   
Bette Hyde, Director, Department of Early Learning

Bette Hyde

05/27/09 - Tonight, KCTS 9 public television in Seattle will air a one-hour special on early learning called “Ready, Set, Grow.” Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

05/22/09 - Have you gotten your free Microsoft e-learning voucher yet? How about your spouse, your brother, your niece, your neighbor, your coworker? Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

05/12/09 - Today I joined the ranks of many using Twitter as a new way to connect people with the information and issues that are important to them. Read more »

   
Liz Luce, Director, Department of Licensing

Liz Luce

05/06/09 - The month of May is typically one of the deadliest months for motorcyclists because many riders hit the road again after taking a long break during the winter. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

05/04/09 - Clean energy is good business. That’s why I convened 700 energy industry leaders at the Washington State Energy Summit: Leadership for a Clean and Efficient Energy Future. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

04/23/09 - Across the nation, parents today are taking part in a wonderful opportunity to encourage their children to think about their dreams. Read more »

   
Jay Manning, Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

04/22/09 - Tuesday night, in time for Earth Day 2009, PBS’ “Frontline” aired a sobering documentary on America’s 30-year efforts to make our waters clean and healthy. Read more »

   
Bette Hyde, Director, Department of Early Learning

Bette Hyde

04/16/09 - As a longtime educator (and a mother and grandmother), I’ve always believed that children are a top priority for Washington. It’s why I’m so honored that Governor Gregoire has appointed me to serve as Director of the Department of Early Learning. Read more »

   
Cindi Holmstrom, Director, Department of Revenue

Cindi Holmstrom

04/10/09 - Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our staff, the Department of Revenue recently received two prestigious awards from the Federation of Tax Administrators. Read more »

   
Larry Williams, Assistant  Director, International Trade and Economic Development, Department of  Community, Trade and Economic Development

Larry Williams

03/31/09 - To help keep the engine of small businesses strong, CTED released a comprehensive guide that provides entrepreneurs and small business owners clickable access to a variety of resources needed to start and successfully manage a business. Read more »

   
Jim Mullen, Director, Emergency Management Division

Jim Mullen

03/26/09 - Earlier this year, thousands of Washington residents suffered damage from flooding. With help from the Emergency Management Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most have begun the journey of rebuilding their lives. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

03/17/09 - Climate change is the great challenge of our time. Our environment, our economy, our very way of life is threatened by a changing climate. Read more »

   
Larry Williams, Interim Director, Community, Trade and Economic Development

Larry Williams

03/10/09 - Last month, Washington state reported $66.8B in exports in 2008. While this is a record number that makes Washington the fourth largest exporting state, only 3 percent of our companies export. Read more »

   
John Batiste, Chief of Washington State Patrol

John Batiste

03/06/09 - One of the challenges we have in the state patrol is getting high-quality training to employees in all regions of the state. In the long run, good training saves money. Read more »

   
Dan Newhouse, Director, Department of Agriculture

Dan Newhouse

03/03/09 -When Gov. Chris Gregoire approached me about the position of director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, I will admit that I had mixed emotions. Read more »

   
Paula Hammond, Secretary of Transportation

Paula Hammond

02/24/09 - I often tell the WSDOT employees that they are our agency’s greatest resource. This was very clear during the most recent winter storms. We truly saw it all in the space of a month! Read more »

   
Faith Lumsden, Director of the Office of Regulatory Assistance

Faith Lumsden

02/19/09 - Making things easier can make them better. That’s the wisdom behind the work of the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health

Mary Selecky

02/16/09 - One of the ways we keep kids from smoking in our state is to make it very difficult for them to purchase cigarettes. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

02/10/09 - My proposals to reform Washington state government represent the first step in what will be a long-term effort to revamp how programs and services are provided throughout the state. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

02/03/09 - These are hard times that call for sacrifice and reform. As you can imagine, balancing our state budget required making some very difficult decisions. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

01/29/09 - Since I took office more than four years ago, I’ve been working hard to prepare the state of Washington to be competitive in the 21st century. Part of our future is a green economy. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

01/27/09 -Washington, and the rest of the world, must reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution. Greenhouse gases cause global warming, whose effects lead to less snowpack, lower summer stream flows, reduced water supplies and loss of habitat, and more winter flooding and greater coastal erosion. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

01/22/09 - Today I requested federal assistance for Clark, King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties. Damage surveys continue this week and the results are expected to add counties to the disaster declaration request. Read more »

   
Victor Moore, Director of Office of Financial Management

Victor Moore

01/20/09 - Two years ago, Washington state voters passed Initiative 960. The measure requires that 10-year financial projections be prepared for each legislative bill with a tax or fee. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

01/13/09 - Today, along with leaders in King County, the city of Seattle and the Port of Seattle, I announced our decision to recommend to the state Legislature that we replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep bored tunnel. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

01/06/09 - This week I had the great honor to meet with Washington Army National Guard troops in Iraq. The gratitude I hold for these men and women is immense. Our citizen soldiers are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. They deserve our unwavering support and have my profound respect. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/31/08 - As we head into 2009, my family and I wish you and yours a wonderful new year. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/30/08 - While winter weather still slams much of Washington, it is critically important that communities receive safety alerts and traffic information fast and efficiently. With many families relying on their local television news stations as their source for information, I want to remind all Washingtonians that the federal government is requiring all full-power television stations to convert to a digital signal this February. Without the appropriate equipment, the conversion may prevent some households from seeing a picture on their television. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/23/08 - My family and I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. In the New Year, I hope you and yours will be happy and healthy. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/11/08 - We know all too well the dangers that can be posed by extreme weather. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/09/08 - This week I met with key business, labor and education leaders from across the state for a discussion on economic recovery strategies. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

12/05/08 - With more than 40 Puget Sound species at risk, shellfish beds shut down and beaches closed off to swimmers, we need to take immediate steps to restore Puget Sound. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

11/26/08 - The national recession is hurting all of us, with the most vulnerable families being hit exceptionally hard. This Thanksgiving holiday, please join me in donating to your local food bank. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health

Mary Selecky

11/25/08 - This week is the 10th anniversary of the landmark legal settlement between the states and big tobacco companies. Gov. Gregoire, who was state attorney general at the time, was one of the lead negotiators. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

11/20/08 - Like the rest of the country — indeed the world — we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. Just like Washington families, government will have to sacrifice and tighten its belt. While we are forced to make tough decisions, this is our time to rethink the role of state government. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

11/10/08 - On Veterans Day we honor the personal sacrifices of the brave Washingtonians who have served in the armed forces. Their courage and commitment are admirable. Read more »

   
   
Jay Manning, Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

10/29/08 - This week, we issued four new water rights for the city of Camas in Clark County. As a result, the city can draw 4.3 million gallons of new water each day, nearly doubling the amount available to grow its economy and community. Read more »

   
Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee

Karen Lee

10/22/08 - This week, we announced the unemployment rate in Washington took a dip in September to 5.8 percent, down from 6 percent in August. Nevertheless, Washingtonians who have been laid off can be confident that our state is financially prepared to pay unemployment benefits. Read more »

   
Jone Bosworth, Director, Department of Early Learning

Jone Bosworth

10/15/08 - This week, the Department of Early Learning launched a new online resource for families — our “Just for Kids” Web site. It’s filled with fun information and activities for children and the adults who love them to do together. Read more »

   
Jay Manning, Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

10/10/08 - Economic vitality and environmental protection: Some people may not see a connection. But the truth is they’re two halves of the same picture. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

10/08/08 - As pressures on the national economy are increasingly being felt at the state level, we have begun action to increase budget savings. We’ve frozen out-of-state travel, cut back on personal services contracts and stopped hiring. Read more »

   
Eldon Vail, Secretary of Corrections

Eldon Vail

10/02/08 - This month, our law enforcement officers stepped up to the challenge and completed yet another successful Operation Crackdown. Read more »

   
Jay Manning, Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

9/23/08 - We're making history today, as Gov. Gregoire and I helped unveil the Western Climate Initiative's recommendations for the most comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction program in the nation designed to date. Read more »

   
Linda Villegas Bremer, Director, General Administration

Linda Villegas Bremer

09/17/08 - More than 300,000 people visit our Capitol each year to learn about the rich history of state government and enjoy our monuments, memorials and beautiful grounds. Yet as higher fuel prices have people cutting back on travel, the Department of General Administration is bringing the Capitol to them. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

09/10/08 - A few weeks ago, I asked state employees to send suggestions on how we can save energy and taxpayer dollars and help Washington families. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health

Mary Selecky

09/05/08 - Childhood immunizations are the best way to prevent many diseases, some of which have no cure or treatment. After several years of gains, childhood immunization rates in our state have dipped slightly, according to the latest national survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

08/29/08 - Washington's veterans deserve both respect and the assistance they need to rejoin the state’s work force. With help from my husband, First Mike, Washington was one of the first states to adopt "Helmets to Hardhats," a unique apprenticeship program that matches returning veterans with job training programs. Read more »

   
Scott Jarvis, Director, Department of Financial Institutions

Scott Jarvis

08/21/08 - Washington is helping its citizens survive a national slow housing market, thanks to Gov. Chris Gregoire and legislators who passed SB 6272. The measure sets aside $1.5 million to assist Washington residents hoping to purchase a home and homeowners struggling to stay in their homes. Read more »

   
Juli Wilkerson, Director of Community, Trade and Economic Development

Juli Wilkerson

08/15/08 - According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 115,000 Washington families eligible for the federal Economic Stimulus Payment have not yet received a check, because they haven't filed an income tax return. Too many Washingtonians are losing out on much needed financial help. Read more »

   
John Batiste, Chief, Washington State Patrol

John Batiste

08/13/08 - Yesterday the Washington State Patrol was named the best law enforcement agency in the nation for 2007 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The honor follows last year’s designation of WSP as the best state police agency of its size in the country. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

08/06/08 - The men and women of the Washington 81st Brigade Combat Team are a brave reflection of Washington's finest. The soldiers of the Washington National Guard are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their dedication to leave their communities to serve our country is deserving of our respect and support. Read more »

   
Robert Gore, Interim Director, Agriculture

Robert Gore

08/04/08 - We all can share in the rich bounty our farmers and ranchers sell at 125 farmers market across the Evergreen State. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/31/08 - While the national economy continues to struggle, Washington received more affirmation today that it is a state where business can develop, grow and prosper. Today, Forbes ranked Washington as the third “best state to do business.” That’s up from Washington’s fifth place ranking last year, up from 12th place in 2006. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/30/08 - To kick off our participation in Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SunWise Communities program, I am proclaiming Washington as a SunWise State. Washington is proud to be the first governor-proclaimed SunWise state. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/29/08 - One of Washington's greatest treasures is our marine waters. Our waters provide us food, serve our economy through our ports and waterways, and infuse our heritage and our culture. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/25/08 - On behalf of the citizens of Washington, I thank and commend the Air Warriors of the Washington Army National Guard's 1-140th Aviation returning home from their courageous duty abroad. This force served a one-year tour as citizen soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read more »

   
David Dicks, Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnership

David Dicks

07/21/08 - Whether you live, work or play on Puget Sound, or just enjoy its undeniable beauty, you have a stake in its recovery. Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature recognized this when they created the Puget Sound Partnership, a community-led effort with citizens at the helm. Read more »

   
Jay Manning, Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

07/16/08 - Thanks to Gov. Gregoire’s vision and commitment, Washington continues to lead in the fight against global climate change. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/11/08 - To help battle growing wildfires in central and Eastern Washington, I signed a statewide state of emergency proclamation today. This frees up equipment, human resources and funding. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/10/08 - With gas and food prices at record highs, paying for health care is an even bigger challenge for many Washington families. As anybody who has been sick knows, prescription drugs are one of the biggest costs in getting healthy. To make good health more affordable, I encourage all Washingtonians to sign up for the state's prescription drug discount card. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/09/08 - Today's announcement by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is good news for Washington state, Boeing, its workers and the nation. The Department of Defense will rebid the tanker contract using the same criteria for both bidders. I believe Boeing should have been awarded the contract all along based on the Air Force's criteria, and I believe the tanker contract should have been awarded to Boeing today. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/07/08 - Although school has been out for a few weeks, the state of Washington just received some outstanding grades. We earned an "AA" rating from Fitch Ratings and an "AA+" rating from Standard & Poors, two international bond rating firms. The rankings are among the highest that the two firms assign bonds. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/03/08 - Independence Day brings celebrations across Washington. For the second year, the holiday means the arrival of dozens of tall ships to Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway. To help commemorate the event, I've declared July 3 "Tall Ships Tacoma Day." More than 700,000 visitors are expected to tour the 32 ships lining the Port of Tacoma during their four day docking. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health

Mary Selecky

07/02/08 - By now you've heard about the recent salmonella outbreaks linked to raw tomatoes. More than 800 people have been sickened across the country, including four in Washington. Foodborne illness can be very serious, even deadly. Fortunately, in many cases it can be prevented. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

07/01/08 - Squeezed by escalating food and gas prices, the number of Washington families using food banks jumped this year by 15 percent after being steady for the past several years. It's true all over — from Bellingham to Vancouver, Spokane to Seattle. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

06/18/08 - Today the people of the state of Washington received some great news. The Government Accountability Office has ruled to recommend that bids be reopened for the U.S. Air Force's new refueling tanker. You may recall that the Air Force accepted the bid from Northrop Grumman Corp and its European partner EADS in February. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

06/13/08 - With record high gas and food prices Washingtonians are struggling to keep up. I encourage you to contribute to the 6th Annual Strike Out Hunger Day at Safeco Field on Saturday, June 14 sponsored by the Mariners, Northwest Harvest and KOMO. Read more »

   
Paula Hammond, Secretary of Transportation

Paula Hammond

06/10/08 - With gas prices hovering around $4.25 a gallon in Puget Sound, there was great celebration last week when we cut the ribbon on the I-5 Everett expansion project. The $260 million project is a great example of how WSDOT is actively managing congestion. We added HOV lanes, general purpose lanes and designated ramps for transit and carpool only on I-5 through six miles of Everett. Read more »

   
Cindi Holmstrom, Director, Department of Revenue

Cindi Holmstrom

06/05/08 - Small business is the lifeblood of Washington's economy. It is our priority to continuously develop and implement new strategies to lower the cost of doing business in Washington and at the same time make targeted investments to promote small businesses and commerce. Read more »

   
David Dicks, Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnershp

David Dicks

05/29/08 - By 2020, as many as 1.5 million more people will call the cities and towns surrounding Puget Sound home. And as last week's Seattle Times special report points out, if we want to succeed at bringing the Sound back to health, we must figure out how to grow with grace. Read more »

   
John E. Lee, Director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

John Lee

05/23/08 - Memorial Day invites us as Americans to remember the brave men and women who swore an oath to defend our freedoms and paid the ultimate price. It is also a time to thank veterans and current service members, especially as citizen soldiers from the National Guard’s 81st Brigade prepare to deploy this summer. Read more »

   
Jay Manning Director, Department of Ecology

Jay Manning

05/21/08 - In a winter like the one just past, it's easy to take our mountain snowfields and glaciers for granted. But that's a mistake. Despite variations like this year, Washington, along with the rest of the world, is warming at an alarming rate due to emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels — oil, gas, coal — that create a greenhouse effect. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

05/19/08 - The commitment of state agencies to provide information to the public as quickly and accurately as possible was confirmed this week when the State Auditor's Office released its latest performance audit. State cabinet agencies had a 94 percent success rate in the audit. The few mistakes were clerical errors and not attempts to withhold information. Read more »

   
Karen Lee, Employment Security Commissioner

Karen Lee

05/13/08 - The April unemployment rate in Washington is 4.7 percent, the 19th month in row under 5 percent. But even with our low unemployment rate, there are always people looking for work. Read more »

   
Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health

Mary Selecky

05/06/08 - When you turn on a faucet, you probably take it for granted that you’ll get clear, refreshing water from your tap. And that’s a good thing, because it means your water supplier has been consistently providing you with safe, reliable drinking water. Read more »

   
Valoria Loveland, Director of Agriculture

Valoria Loveland

05/02/08 - Some of Washington’s most productive orchards were hit by unseasonably cold weather in April. At the governor’s request, I headed to the Yakima Valley and the Columbia Basin this week to survey the damage and talk to some of the impacted producers. Read more »

   
Cindi Holmstrom, Director of Revenue

Cindi Holmstrom

04/25/08 - Washington has the fourth-best tax system in the nation for entrepreneurs and small businesses, according to the Business Tax Index 2008 issued recently by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. Read more »

   
Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Chris Gregoire

04/22/08 - Today is Earth Day, and I suggest each of us to take a minute to think about our beautiful state and then ask: Can I do more to protect it for future generations? The fact is, every day should be earth day, and the answer from each of us should be "Yes, we can!" Read more »

   
David Dicks, Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnership

David Dicks

04/14/08 - Figure out what's wrong with Puget Sound, then organize a community-led effort to fix it. That's the ambitious charge Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Legislature gave the Puget Sound Partnership. Read more »

   
Secretary of Health Mary Selecky

Mary Selecky

04/09/08 - Helping people live longer and live healthier is a top priority at the state Department of Health. When someone stops using tobacco, for example, he or she could live a longer, healthier life and avoid some diseases. Read more »

   
Director of Personnel Eva Santos

Eva Santos

03/27/08 - State government, like the people we serve, represents a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities. As an employer, the state is committed to having a work force that benefits from Washington's diversity in culture, race, ethnicity, ability and gender. Read more »

   
Secretary of Health Mary Selecky

Mary Selecky

03/21/08 - One of the most important things we do at the state Department of Health is provide vaccines so kids across Washington can be protected from diseases such as measles, whooping cough and chicken pox. Vaccination has a positive impact on the health of people in our state. Read more »

   
Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee

Karen Lee

03/18/08 - Today we released the latest job growth data that showed Washington’s unemployment rate remained steady and added 3,500 non-agricultural jobs in February.  By contrast, the United States lost 63,000 non-agricultural jobs in February. Read more »

   
WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond

Paula Hammond

03/12/08 - A new chapter began at the WSDOT last week when David Moseley took the helm of the Washington state ferry system. And I couldn't be happier. Read more »

   
Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

03/11/08 - This past weekend I had the opportunity to see a community’s dream fulfilled with the opening of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. Read more »

   
Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

03/05/08 - This morning I had a chance to talk to Marty and Jodi on The Marty Riemer Show on 103.7 The Mountain. We covered Boeing, the 520 bridge and the presidential primaries. You can listen to the interview here. Read more »

   
Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

03/04/08 - Our hard work to make Washington state government the best in the nation is drawing attention once again from outside our state — this time by the prestigious Pew Center on the States.The Center just gave our state an A- ranking for its performance in managing public resources. Read more »

   
Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire

02/29/08 - Today marks a new beginning for my website. I’ve invited members of the Cabinet and others to join me in creating a blog. We’ll discuss issues of the day and why they are important to the people of Washington. Be sure to check out these pages on a regular basis to hear these interesting and insightful perspectives. Read more »