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File photo of oil train tankers in a Portland, Ore. railyard.
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SEATTLE — For the past few years, a growing number of trains have been bringing “rolling pipelines” of oil from North Dakota to ports and refineries in the Pacific Northwest.

And in that time, the Washington and Oregon legislatures have failed to come up with the money to pay for the cost of responding to the increasing risk of oil spills in their states. That could change in 2015.

Olympia Washington State Legislature
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins, about the upcoming session and what that could mean for education funding in Washington state.

In this November 2014 photo, construction crews are building walls for the future northbound roadway inside the SR 99 tunnel.
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This week, President Obama interrupts Week In Review to talk about about the North Korea hacking attack on Sony, but not before we recap the news: Will the legislature will let Governor Inslee break his no-new-taxes pledge? The tunnel project is "70 percent done" -- what? How does a Seattleite say “bagel,” and is it correct? Bill Radke welcomes Essex Porter, Joni Balter and Deborah Wang to the panel to discuss the week's news.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday, "it is time to reinvest in Washington." He proposed that the state adopt a new capital-gains tax to help fund a $39 billion two-year budget that would prioritize education, union-negotiated pay raises for state employees, and avoid what the Democratic governor calls “devastating” cuts to corrections, higher education and social services.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a new transportation plan at a Eastside Transit Project site atop SR520 on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
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Governor Jay Inslee has been traveling around the state to unveil portions of his budget proposal. Tuesday morning he stopped in Medina, where workers are completing the Eastside Transit Project atop the 520 floating bridge, to announce his transportation plan.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is likely to propose a more than $1 billion revenue package when he unveils his proposed two-year budget next week.

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A state commission on landslides is urging nearly two dozen improvements in the way Washington state prepares for and responds to landslides.

Statewide mapping of landslide hazards, better funding and coordination for emergency responders, and "innovative" land-use regulations to improve public safety top the commission's preliminary list.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says by the year 2020, he wants to cut the number of new HIV infections in half.

SEATTLE -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took the handoff Monday for his latest run at putting a price on carbon emissions.

It happened at a gathering at Seattle City Hall, where the chair of his task force on climate change, Ada Healey, delivered a set of options to the Democratic governor.

"Here you go, there’s a bow on it. It’s red," she joked.

Options put forward for Inslee's consideration include a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade system. The task force did not make recommendations on either approach to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Governor Inslee about gridlock in state congress. Inslee says you're probably not as frustrated with it as he is. 

How Is Governor Inslee Voting?

Oct 17, 2014
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Marcie Sillman talks with Governor Jay Inlsee about how he's voting in the upcoming election. 

Law enforcement groups in Washington state are pushing back against possible limits on police use of drones. That happened as a task force convened by Governor Jay Inslee wrestled some more Monday about how to regulate small unmanned aircraft.

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“Sobering” is how Washington Governor Jay Inslee summed up a draft report about the risks of increased oil transport through the state.  In the report, the State Department of Ecology describes an unprecedented growth in this local transport, from virtually no trains carrying crude oil in 2011 to 714 million gallons in 2013.

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires.

SEATTLE -- When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wanted to show the connection between climate change and an unpleasant and costly consequence for his constituents, he decided to tour a sewage treatment plant.

Inslee's visit Tuesday to the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle's Discovery Park was the latest stop on his statewide tour to raise awareness about the costs of climate change.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast out Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery.

Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington Wednesday. He visited Wanapum after it came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960.

In the world of Democratic politics, Tom Steyer, a former California hedge-fund manager, is like a real-life Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed the first openly gay justice to the Washington Supreme Court.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that calls for a new cap-and-market program to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

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As the local community held Sunday church services a week after the devastating Oso mudslide, searchers continued their work in the sodden destruction zone.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed on Sunday evening that 21 people have died in the mudslide. Of these, only 15 have been officially identified.

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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David Hyde talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about her request to Governor Jay Inslee and state lawmakers to share a portion of future tax revenue from legal marijuana.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for state employees and other news from Olympia. 

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
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President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

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