Gov. Inslee unveils $120 million jobs package

Gov. Inslee unveils $120 million jobs package

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Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee gives his inaugural address to the state legislature, Jan. 16, 2013.

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

NWCN.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:39 AM

   OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled a $120 million jobs package that would provide tax breaks for new companies in certain targeted fields, create 500 new slots in aerospace training programs and assemble a commission to ensure that the state's colleges and universities are turning out students with math- and science-based skills relevant to the needs of the economy.


   At a Wednesday news conference, Inslee, a Democrat, also said he expected that the state's expansion of Medicaid using federal dollars -- approval of which is under consideration in the Legislature -- would create over 10,000 jobs.


   Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who leads the Republican-dominated state Senate majority, said his caucus is broadly supportive of Inslee's job-creation goals, and said he looked forward to seeing more details from the governor.

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