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Inslee adviser leaving position

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A member of Gov. Jay Inslee’s inner circle has announced he’s stepping down…. …read more

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Tri-Cities law enforcement opposes inmate's parole

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A state review board recently granted parole to a man who shot and stabbed a Richland police officer 32 years ago, but law enforcement officials in the Tri-Cities are asking Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to block his release…. …read more

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Ron Sims named chairman of health exchange board

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Ron Sims to be chairman of the board that oversees the state’s health insurance exchange…. …read more

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Gov. approves $150,000 in Darrington tourism money

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a Snohomish County request for $150,000 in state Commerce Department money to promote Darrington and the Stillaguamish Valley as a tourism location…. …read more

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Inslee to sign order for climate change process

SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s signing an executive order that sets into motion a process to determine how to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state…. …read more

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Inslee seeks farm disaster aid for mudslide

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help…. …read more

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Governor Jay Inslee announces steps to preserve SNAP benefits for Washington families in need

Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday announced steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 200,000 households in Washington. The changes will prevent the loss of nearly $70 million in federal SNAP benefits resulting from policy changes in a new Farm Bill passed by Congress.

“Governor Inslee’s decision to protect Washington families from food stamp cuts is a smart and principled decision–and it is the right thing to do by our kids. Hungry kids can’t learn. Food stamps are our number-one defense against childhood hunger,” said Jon Gould, Deputy Director of the Children’s Alliance.

A household’s SNAP benefits are calculated by factoring in a household’s eligibility for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The new Farm Bill made changes to the “Heat and Eat” option, which now requires states to provide a household $20 in LIHEAP assistance to maximize SNAP benefits. The prior law required that Washington only provide $1. Under the modified program, the Department of Social and Health Services will work with the Department of Commerce to provide $20 of LIHEAP assistance to eligible households, ensuring low-income families will remain eligible for up to $90 a month of SNAP benefits.

Washington joins seven other states in adopting this approach. This will not only help maintain economic stability for vulnerable families but for businesses in Washington, as the USDA estimates that every SNAP dollar spent generates about $2 in economic activity.

“Obviously, the loss of tens of millions of dollars aimed at feeding hungry families is not acceptable. These families have already suffered from significant reductions in the help they receive, and this $90 a month is the only way many families and seniors are able to put any food on their table. That is why my office brought together leaders from our state agencies and the community to figure out a compromise,” said Governor Inslee.

“Significant changes to the Heat and Eat option required some difficult choices for our state,” said Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Working together with our partners at DSHS, we evaluated every option and concluded that this solution is the best way to help more families fill the gap in their monthly food budget, while still providing needed financial assistance with heating bills.”

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) is a fully federally-funded food benefit program administered by the Department of Social and Health Services on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). LIHEAP is also fully federally-funded and is administered by the Department of Commerce. Together, the programs help nearly one in seven residents throughout the state meet their most basic needs.

DSHS is a national leader in efficient SNAP administration. It was among the first states to examine how human services are delivered and to make changes to streamline operations while maintaining excellent services to clients. Washington’s benefits accuracy rate is more than 98 percent.

“Under Governor Inslee and DSHS Secretary Kevin W. Quigley’s leadership, we were able to find a solution that does not force some of the most vulnerable families in Washington state, including elderly and disabled individuals, to choose between heating their homes and feeding their children,” said David Stillman, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services’ Economic Services Administration. “This is an important effort to ensure people are safe, healthy and supported and taxpayer resources are safeguarded.”

The state will now ask all SNAP applicants for proof of utility payments. In cases where clients have no separate utility bills, like low-income senior citizens whose rent includes utilities, clients will be enrolled in the LIHEAP program and given $20 of heating benefit. This will also qualify them for the highest utility deduction, thereby preserving higher SNAP benefits.

3 weeks since Oso mudslide; 8 people still missing

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee planned to visit the Oso mudslide Friday afternoon and make stops in Arlington and Darrington…. …read more

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US Open loses help of Wash. state patrol for now

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a budget provision that would have directed the Washington State Patrol to help with the 2015 U.S. Open golf championship in Pierce County…. …read more

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Mudslide: Hundreds gather for prayer service

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was among several hundred people who gathered Friday night for an interdenominational prayer service honoring the victims, families and rescuers affected by the deadly March 22 mudslide in Oso…. …read more

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