Dow Constantine

Dow Constantine
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Marcie Sillman talks to King County Executive Dow Constantine  about the new 2015-2016 budget.

The recession may be over, but King County’s budget is still hurting. County Executive Dow Constantine rolled out his 2015-16 budget proposal Monday, saying deep cuts are needed because revenues continue to trail far behind expenses.

SEATTLE -- King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans Monday to combine efforts to clean up of the Duwamish and Green River watershed.

The strategy calls for coordinating the work of governments, non-profits and businesses already involved in the clean-up.

Constantine said bringing all the players together will improve the chances that the cleanup will work, permanently.

"We can begin to get more value for each dollar, to get more clean up, to get better environmental outcomes, and economic outcomes," he said.

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For a few minutes Monday night, most of the proposed cuts to Metro bus service were spared. In a narrow 5-4 vote, the King County Council agreed to only go ahead with the cuts planned for this September, and hold off on three more rounds of cuts planned for 2015.

Dow Constantine On Minimum Wage And Prop 1

May 1, 2014
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Marcie Sillman talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about minimum wage and why Proposition 1 failed.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about how the county hopes to address transportation funding in light of the state legislature not taking up a transportation package before closing the special session over the weekend.

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 Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine
Every month, King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us to chat about issues facing King County. Today he’s here to discuss the possible cuts to King County Metro, Dow’s re-election campaign, and of course Seattle’s unyielding desire for an NBA franchise. If you have a question for the King County Executive, feel free to give us a call at 206-543-5869 or toll-free at 800-289-5869.  
 
Radio Retrospective: When Music and Comedy Merge
Radio had a huge effect on the music industry. Suddenly musicians had regular work composing and performing on radio dramas.  Radio also turned select musicians into actors.  What happens when music and comedy merge?

A Lunch Recommendation
For our Thursday lunch recommendation, food writer Sara Dickerman profiles the Blossom Restaurant in Renton.   If you prefer to cook for yourself, she suggests “The Duke’s Table: The Complete Book of Vegetarian Italian Cooking.”

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Apr 15, 2013
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King County Executive Dow Constantine traveled to New York earlier this month to pitch pro basketball's return to Seattle. We’ll hear where things stand in the quest for an NBA franchise. We’ll also talk about investment in King County parks, renewable energy and the latest County business. Have a question for the King County Executive? Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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If you’re booked into a King County jail, you’ll stay an extra month on average if immigration officials want to review your file. That’s even if you haven’t been charged with a crime.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Mar 21, 2013
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King County Metro officials are warning of major cuts to bus service if the state Legislature does not pass a transportation funding package or approve increased fees and taxes. If nothing changes, Metro says riders could face a 17 percent cut in service by late next year. We talk public transportation with King County Executive Dow Constantine and take your questions on County business. Call us at 206.543.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Feb 21, 2013
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For four decades, public defenders in King County have worked for private, non-profit companies. Soon they'll become public employees. Some are concerned this could weaken the county's public defense system. What will it mean for those who rely on public defenders? We’ll talk it over with King County Executive Dow Constantine. Plus, we’ll find out what’s in store for Seattle's next gun buyback as state legislators in Olympia consider background checks on gun sales. And are the Sonics any closer to coming back to town? King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us. Have a question? Email us at weekday@kuow.org.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Jan 17, 2013
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The debate over guns moved ahead in Washington, D.C., this week as President Obama called on Congress to strengthen America’s gun laws. In Seattle, officials are aiming to get illegal guns off the street by holding a buyback. Do buybacks work? We talk with King County Executive Dow Constantine about the push to reduce gun violence. Plus, the saga of the Sacramento Kings basketball team continues. Will they or won’t they come to Seattle? King County’s Executive Dow Constantine joins us. Have a question? Email us at weekday@kuow.org.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Dec 20, 2012
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Earlier this month King County Executive Dow Constantine signed some of the state's first same-sex marriage licenses and spoke against a plan to run more coal trains through Seattle. We'll ask him about these and other stories impacting our region. Have a question for the King County executive? Call 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

Nov 15, 2012
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Washington state entered the history books by becoming one of the first states in the country to vote to approve same-sex marriage and legalize marijuana. These policies take effect on December 6. What is King County doing to get ready? King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us to talk about how these changes will unfold. Have a question for the King County Executive? Call 206.543.5869 or write weekday@kuow.org.