Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation providing relief for businesses and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 5061 will increase minimum unemployment benefits for workers and provide significant tax relief for businesses over the next five years, to support recovery from the economic impacts of COVID shutdowns. The legislation, which was requested by the governor, is a critical piece of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan. It passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.

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Gov. Jay Inslee signs SB 5061.

COVID-19 has caused deep economic hardship for many workers and businesses. …


Regions will now only be required to meet three of the metrics, not all four, to progress to Phase 2

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced several changes to the state’s Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery. The governor first announced the regional, phased reopening plan Jan. 6.

The plan will be changed in two ways; first, the evaluation criteria for regions to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2, and the timeframe in which regions can progress.

“We are getting closer to finding our way out of this mess, but we aren’t there yet,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday.


“We’ve taken action, we expanded our distribution and infrastructure, and it’s working.”

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced progress toward the state’s goal of administering 45,000 vaccine doses a day. As of Monday, the state’s current seven-day rolling average was 23,960 doses administered.

The governor also announced a record number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in a 24-hour period, with around 40,000 doses reported as of Monday. Washington also officially passed 500,000 vaccine doses administered and reported. That is 57.4 percent of the doses provided to the state by the federal government.

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Inslee and Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah issued the vaccination goal last Monday at a press conference. On Thursday, the…


Included in the plan are public-private partnerships to support infrastructure and coordination

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded vaccine distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day.

Included in the plan is the Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center, a new statewide public-private partnership to boost vaccine distribution efforts. The collaboration includes Washington corporations, labor unions, health care groups and government entities.

“This is a massive effort, and as noble as any cause will be in 2021: Because…


The address was delivered via video to Washingtonians and a remote Legislature.

Gov. Jay Inslee today delivered the 2021 inaugural address as he begins his historic third term as governor of the state of Washington.

Prior to the address, the governor and Washington’s eight other newly-elected and re-elected officials were sworn in to office by Chief Justice Steven González.

The governor delivered the address via video, a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and new security concerns.

In the speech, the governor said that now is a time for “relief, recovery and resilience.”

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Rioters broke in to the U.S. Capitol and breached the gates of the governor’s Executive Residence Wednesday in protest of the Electoral College certification

“Good evening.

“First, I just want to say that Trudi and I are at the residence tonight and we’re doing just fine. Thank you to all those who expressed concern, but we are doing quite well. Thank you.

“Today has been a very tumultuous day for Americans and Washingtonians, for obvious reasons.

“On a day in our nation’s capital, where we were to effectuate the most important act of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — was forcefully interrupted by those who refuse to accept verdicts of the people, the courts and the truth itself.

“Here in…


The state will shift to a two-phase system in accordance with regional case counts.

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Gov. Jay Inslee today announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.

“No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own,” Inslee said during a press conference Tuesday. “We aren’t out of this yet, but we are close to turning the corner on COVID-19 and this third wave of infection.”

Washington has avoided overwhelming the state’s health care systems throughout this pandemic…


Over the past nine months, Washington state has distributed more than $2.1 billion to orchestrate ongoing, significant relief efforts across multiple sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic — a public health crisis affecting more aspects of life than most people have ever experienced.

This funding was Washington’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). It is just a portion of the roughly $7.6 billion the federal government has sent to help the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and recover from the economic fallout. …


The governor focuses on relief, resilience and recovery

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Gov. Inslee announced the details of his 2021–2023 biennial budget proposal Thursday, which included significant funding for public health, economic supports for workers and businesses, and other services that Washingtonians need to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19.

“We must invest in the relief, recovery and resilience of Washington. We cannot cut the things that we need most during a pandemic,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. “In my proposed operating, capital and transportation budgets, I am investing in the people of our state.”

Inslee’s budget proposals would:

  • Continue an aggressive response to the ongoing pandemic and build…


The recommendations address both specific budget and policy items, as well as top messages for consideration in the coming legislative session.

To deal with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, earlier this year Gov. Jay Inslee announced the formation of three Safe Start advisory groups to serve as community advisors on health systems readiness, social supports and a safe return to work. These groups include diverse representation, from community leaders in health systems, labor, business, government and nonprofit organizations.

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Executive Director Michael Byun of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle speaks during a press conference in May.

“As we make crucial decisions that impact millions of Washingtonians, it was invaluable to have community members at the table to help inform our decisions,” Inslee said. “Each group brought valuable insight and experience to the discussions and helped my office…

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