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Local Leaders Open ‘Capstone Of Economic Development’ In Cashmere

Initiatives to bring new businesses and jobs to rural areas can take many forms – including public and private entities working together towards a shared goal. A vision 15 years in the making by Chelan County developers is finally complete.

The new Cashmere Mill Business Park was dedicated yesterday with leaders from throughout the region.…

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Port Merger Planning Continues, Gov. Inslee to Visit Cashmere Business Park

The Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties have started the process of a functional consolidation – essentially merging their staffs into a single organization.

Chelan County Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz told KOHO they’re on track to finish the merger by January 1.

The Port is also welcoming Governor Jay Inslee to the new Cashmere Business Park (at the old mill site on Sunset Highway) for a ribbon cutting this Monday, Sept.

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Legislature Wraps On Time With Budget Increase, Local Capital Projects

The State Legislature adjourned its 105-day legislative session after sending Gov. Jay Inslee a new two-year state budget and several revenue bills that pay for increased funding to programs ranging from special education to mental health, as well as a clean energy measure that was a centerpiece of Inslee’s legislative agenda.…

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Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Raising Wash. State Smoking Age To 21, Takes Effect Next Year

With three weeks left in this year’s legislative session, it’s crunch time for budgets and when the Governor starts signing bills passed by both the House and Senate.

A recent bill signing seeks to save lives, supporters say. Washington now joins ranks with a handful of other states that have made similar changes to tobacco laws, as Marcus Bellissimo reports.…

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2019 Legislature – Sen. Hawkins On Start Of Session, Education Committee Plans

12th District Senator Brad Hawkins joins Dan Langager every Tuesday on the KOHO Morning Show during the 2019 legislative session in Olympia.

Today Hawkins talks about the start of the session yesterday and swearing in new members. With Gov. Jay Inslee giving his State Of The State address today, Hawkins said he’ll be listening for Inslee’s tax proposals.…

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2019 Legislative Session Begins Today In Olympia

Health care, mental health, transportation and affordable housing – just some of the issues that lawmakers will be facing during the 2019 legislative session, as Marcus Bellissimo reports.

The 105-day session begins today. For the first time in years, lawmakers are set to write a new two-year budget without a primary focus of satisfying a court mandate on education funding.…

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Gov. Inslee Announces Public Option Health Insurance Proposal Ahead of Session

Health care is an issue for all Washingtonians. A new plan to be introduced at the start of the legislative session seeks coverage for all.

KOHO’s Marcus Bellissimo reports Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a public health insurance option for state residents as a step toward universal health coverage. In an announcement Tuesday, Inslee said he’ll ask the Legislature to consider a plan that would direct the Washington State Health Care Authority to offer public health insurance across the state to anyone in the individual market.…

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Gov. Inslee Appoints Chelan Co. Sheriff Brian Burnett To Criminal Justice Commission

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Board of Commissioners of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Burnett said the Board develops and implements training standards and programs designed to upgrade criminal justice personnel and establishes standards relating to physical, mental, and moral fitness for recruiting criminal Justice personnel.…

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