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tv   Washington State of the State Address  CSPAN  January 9, 2018 3:32pm-4:05pm EST

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taxes. so you can't look at these things independently. you have to look at them holistically, and you have to address it -- both issues. >> clint in texas. we want to keep hearing from you about your budget priorities as we talk this morning with members of both the house and senate budget committees about their priorities. and we're joined now from statuary hall by congressman bill johnson, republican of ohio. and congressman, as we have been asking viewers about their priorities, what are yours, and how are they shaping how you're coming to this discussion about a spending bill and this looming government shutdown? >> well, obviously, john, we're not -- >> we'll leave this washington journal discussion to go live now to the state capitol in olympia, washington, where governor jay inslee is about to give his state of the state address. this comes to us courtesy of tvw, washington state's public affairs network.
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>> thank you! thank you. thank you! good afternoon. thank you, for those timely and empowering words. thanks to the high school vocal jazz ensemble for that inspiring rendition of our national anthem. thank you, lieutenant governor, for honoring deputy mccartney and all of our hearts are with his family. and i appreciate you honoring him. a big thank you to my wife, trudy, and my entire family. and in particular, to my
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mother-in-law, the original trudy tindell, who tells me her first 100 years in washington have been pretty great. [ cheers and applause ] >> i would like to welcome our new legislators. senator keith wagner and representative carolyn eslyck. may you all do good work here. mr. president, mr. speaker, madam chief justice, distinguished justices of the court, members of the legislature, tribal leaders, state and local government
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officials, members of the counselser core, and most importantly, my fellow washingtonians. i am honored to stand before you once again to report on the state of washington. because of the work we have done together in the past five years, our state has made crucial investments in our schools and colleges. in our highways and transit systems. and our health care system. the minimum wage was raised for washington hard workers, and last year, we passed the best-paid family leave program in the united states. [ cheers and applause ] we have invested in our people. that's why our state has one of the country's fastest-growing
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economies. why it was named the top state in the united states for doing business. and why state unemployment is at a historic low. our economy is strong. our future is bright. but there are always new heights to reach, new challenges to overcome, and persistent wrongs to right. when our state's first governor, elijah ferry, delivered his message to our inaugural legislator, he challenged legislators to think big. it is your province, he said, to make precedence, not to follow them. to mark the way. that others may walk in the path that you have made. we have been walking in the path that governor ferry and the first legislature set this state
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for 128 years. today it is up to us to continue that work for future generations. this year, we cannot focus just on the length of this session, which is short. we have to focus on our legacy, which can be long. several opportunities are in front of us to forge a prosperous path for the next generation. access to democracy is a cornerstone to the enduring health of our nation and our state. so let's leave a legacy of a stronger democracy by increasing voter participation, and equitable representation. it is time to pass the washington voting rights act, automatic voter registration and election day registration. [ applause ]
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and speaking of a stronger democracy, let's leave a legacy that supports our modern democracy and our modern economy by ensuring equal access to the internet for all washingtonians. when washington, d.c., takes away that protection, we must protect net neutrality for our people, for our businesses, and for the virtues of free speech. [ applause ] and at a time -- [ applause ] and at a time when women's health care rights are under attack throughout our nation, let's leave a legacy that ensures full access to con tri essential and allows women to chart their own course. that includes access to long-acting reversible contraception and reproductive parity.
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and not all of our work is in passing bills. right now let's all, elected leaders and employers alike, committee to inclusive workplaces where everyone is safe from sexual harassment and assault. this is one of the persistent wrongs that our society must make right. [ applause ] this session, let's also continue our outstanding legacy on education. legislators can take pride you have passed a plan that will fully comply with the mccleary decision. i want to commend senators john braun and christine rough us. pat sullivan, and so many others who have helped achieve what is
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a bipartisan success. but the supreme court has made it clear that the plan needs to start one year earlier. and fortunately, we have the reserves to be able to do that. it is crucial that we implement the mccleary plan now. because a child is only a third grader once. and they don't get that year back. but our work on education does not stop at mccleary. we have got to stop telling our children that a four-year degree is the only path to success. that simply is not true. [ applause ] so let's leave a legacy of opportunity for all our students
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by expanding career-connected learning. my budget includes funding to help us continue our career-connect washington initiative. which has the potential to be one of the most exciting and meaningful things we can do for our students. during a study mission to switzerland last year, our washington delegation saw a truly remarkable apprenticeship system. stemming from a robust partnership with business, labor and academia. there is no reason our own students cannot have better access to those same opportunities here at home. and please let me recognize the chairs of that delegation who are in the gallery today. former u.s. ambassador to switzerland and licken stein, susie levine and eric levine. thank you for your vision and leadership. we appreciate that. thank you.
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[ applause ] you can go to tacoma and see for yourself how this works. and it was a joy last year when i got to celebrate our state's first 15 registered youth apprentices as they prepared to launch rewarding careers in aerospace. let's expand that opportunity, as well as apprenticeship programs for our veterans, and other washingtonians in the coming years. this session -- [ applause ] this session, let's leave a legacy of compassion by continuing our work on behavioral health care. this is a persistent challenge that intersects our efforts to end homelessness, to improve our criminal justice system, and to combat an opioid epidemic that
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kills an average of two washingtonians each day. we must build upon our current work on opioids. we need to pursue innovative approaches to affordable housing. and strengthen our partnership with counties to help us foster healthy communities in had a more robust, accessible mental health care system. let's continue our bipartisan legacy of helping d.r.e.a.m.ers fulfill their potential in the state of washington. [ applause ] this is a time of great uncertainty and fear for our d.r.e.a.m.ers and their families. let's pass legislation now to ensure the availability of college-bound scholarships for d.r.e.a.m.ers, even if the federal government fails to renew their deferred action
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status. [ applause ] let's leave a legacy. let's leave a legacy of common sense measures to help end the scourge of gun violence. our state voters have demonstrated strong support for such measures. we can continue our commitment to public safety and health by banning bump stocks, by closing the background check loophole on semi automatic rifles and requiring safe storage of firearms. [ applause ] let's leave a legacy that at long last upholds the equal application of justice by passing a bill to end the death penalty in the state of washington. [ applause ]
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and let's make sure we don't leave a legacy of irresponsible brinkmanship. it is absolutely crucial that we pass a capital budget as one of the first orders of business this session. [ applause ] this budget supports more than 19,000 construction jobs in every corner of this state. it would help us build more affordable housing and expand capacity in our mental health care system. this funding is languishing at exactly the time the need for these projects are exploding. yakima students are waiting for renovations to alleviate overcrowding at east valley high
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school. and scram boll gists are waiting to improve fish passage. the community is waiting to replace an aging waterline. if you want to help rural washington, if you want more affordable housing, better mental health care and school construction, then do something about it and send this capital budget to my desk now. we need to get this job done. [ applause ] by the way, when we do this, it will be a bipartisan success, and everyone in this chamber will be able to enjoy it. i'm looking forward to that day.
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as we gather to do the people's work this session, washington's values in this legislature's action will be more important than ever. despite the onslaught of divisiveness, disorder and disrespect, coming from the whitehouse this past year, the people of our state have stood proudly together. the world should know that we are going to keep standing up for civility, tolerance and liberty. we will fight to protect washingtonians' health care, a woman's right to choose, the right for people to be safe from discrimination, and the right to clean air and water. we will not be intimidated in the state of washington. it's important to know that. [ applause ]
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you know, washington state has so much to be proud. our biotech companies are creating new treatments for cancer. scientists in hanford have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves predicted by einstein. we even make the world-famous beer and wine. and we should be proud of the great progress we have made together in state government. when i came into office, there was doubt that we could pass a transportation package. but we did. and it is the largest and greenest transportation package in state history. when i take into office, there was doubt we could invest $7 billion in education. but we did. we tackled transportation. we tackled education.
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now we must recognize an existential threat to the state. a threat to the health of our children and a threat to the health of our businesses that demands action this year. and that threat is climate change. this legislature recognized this threat a decade ago. a decade ago. when it pledged to the people of washington that we would make our air cleaner. and we would reduce carbon pollution. sadly, i have to tell you, unless we act this year, that promise by the legislature will be broken. it is time to step up, give our citizens what they demand and
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deserve. and what is the law? which is a fight against climate change. and the damaging health effects of pollution. while this session is short, our legacy on climate change must be long and must be lasting. we have just 59 days to do our part and save our children from a certain endless cycle of crop killing droughts, one year and rivers spilling over their banks the next. save salmon from dieing in ever warming waters and our torrest from being reduced to plumes of ash. we have allowed the unfettered release of carbon pollution into our air. that burden will be carried by
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our children, our economy, our security and our quality of life and we must be victorious over climate change because as winston churchill said, without victory, there is no survival. i believe washingtonians will be together on this issue. i'll tell you why. because on this issue there is no geographic divide in our state. the eastern washington farmer who's irrigation supply is threatened by low snowpack faces the same crisis as the western washington shell fish grower who's baby oysters are threatened by ocean acidification caused by carbon pollution. there is no age divide. the young child suffering from asthma is just as vulnerable as
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a grandparent suffering from c.o.p.d., a lung disease aggravated by heat and air pollution. there is no partisan divide. nationally respected democrats and republicans are among those calling for a tax on carbon pollution. support for enacting a price is growing. members of the business tribal environmental and labor communities for across our state are coming to the table to talk about carbon pricing. some of them are here today, including microsoft and puget sound energy which have enacted bold changes in the way to do business. labor leaders see the job potential in growing our clean energy economy, our environmental leaders and tribes see the urgency of acting now to curb carbon pollution. they all agree that putting a
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price on carbon this year is the right thing to do and is have committed to working with me to get that accomplished. house and senate members have also been working closely with my office all summer and fall to design a washington focused approach and their contributions have been key. so we are joined across geography, across age and across political interests. now is the time to join in action and put a price on carbon pollution. [ applause ] doing so -- doing so -- doing so
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will allow us to reinvest in all of the things that drive down emissions. we can build more solar panels, we can put more electric cars on the road, we can help more washingtonians purchase energy saving insulation for their homes and for their businesses, we can reduce the wildfire risk in rural communities and on tribal lands. we can improve utility services and modernize the electrical grid. we can make much needed upgrades to our irrigation and washington management systems. we can prepare our workforce for new careers in clean energy and by doing these things we can save our forest. we can help our rural economies.
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we can protect our waterways. now, i am optimistic about this this year and that optimism is well justified by washington's can-do spirit of confidence and innovation and why shouldn't we get this done? carbon pricing is hardly a new or bold idea at this point. british columbia, our neighbor to the north is doing it and their economy is booming. to the south california is doing it and oregon is considering it. from quebec to japan, from europe to mexico, many states and nations have enacted a price on carbon, even china is getting on board having recently launched the largest carbon market on the planet. by passing a carbon tax, we would simply join our west coast neighbors and the rest of the world as the global economy
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moves away from fossil fuels and toward a decarbonized clean energy future. i believe that washington state is exactly the right state to lead in clean energy economy and to seize the jobs that china and other nations are clamoring for. this is fundamentally who we are in washington. we create, we invent, we build and the people of washington are ready to create an event and build the carbon-free future our children and grandchildren deserve. these clean energy jobs belong here, not just in china, not just in germany, not just in b.c., here. washington employees some of the most influential climate scientists in the world. our universities and businesses are on the cutting edge of clean energy technology. in the pacific coast region,
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clean energy jobs have grown -- and this is kind of interesting to know, clean energy jobs have grown more than twice as fast as jobs in the overall economy. home to the inventors -- mose's lake is home to one of the world's largest carbon fiber manufacturing plants for electric cars. our state is home to the inventors of bio fuels. it is our states destiny because of who we are to defeat climate change even if the white house walks away from the global effort now embraced by every single nation in the world except the united states, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas
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emissions. we will walk forward and join this battle for the world's healthy future. that's who we are. [ applause ] already washington has joined with 14 other states and territories to form the united states climate alliance and we are committed to meeting our share of the emission reduction targets outlined in the paris climate accord. this is a significant collaboration. we represent 40% of the united states economy and if we were our own nation we would have the third largest economy in the world. it is the right thing to do this.
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washington is home to the most beautiful collection of fertile wheat fields and salty waters on earth. it is true and in arguable that our creator practiced on the rest of the planet and then he created washington state. [ applause ] >> every single one of us here today is deeply tied to washington in our own unique way. we each have a part of this state that we love. favorite fishing spot, quiet place on the farm, that campground you've been going to
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for generations in the forest the things we treasure individually can only be saved collectively. we have been giving an incredible bounty of natural beauty and substance and we must now ask ourselves how we can protect that bounty for future generations. we know we are smart enough to recognize the perils of climate change. repeatedly over the decades we have lived up to governor ferries charge to mark the way. we have succeeded in aerospace, in software, in online commerce, in coffee and bio technology and there is every reason to believe
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we will succeed in fighting climate change and growing our economy in the process. this is the year to believe in ourselves. this is the year to act with confidence. this is the year for us to do our part for all who will walk in the path that we will make together. we're here in olympia to serve the current and future and future interests of all washingtonians and i want to thank each one of you for your willingness to find solutions to the challenges we face. i like to think of this legislature and our state as one big family. we may have differences around the dinner table but on what really counts we agree. we all agree that our families deserve to be safe for tragedies like mass shootings. we all agree we must do more for
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homeless individuals and families. we all agree that our children deserve the best education possible. we all agree that our communities deserve protection from the physical and financial threats of climate change. today i call on all of us to look deep in our hearts and to think of our families, for them and for all washingtonians, present and future, let's get to work together. thank you. [ applause ]
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later today the international spy museum here in washington, d.c. and the "the new york times" will host a discussion on media coverage of the investigations into russia's interference in the 2016 election. it gets underway at 6:45 p.m. eastern. you'll be able to watch it live here on c-span3. the cspan bus continues its 50 capitols tour this month with stops in raleigh, columbia,
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atlanta and montgomery. on each visit will speak with state officials during our live washington journal program, follow the tour and join us on tuesday, january 16th at 9:30 a.m. eastern for our stop in raleigh, north carolina, when our washington journal guest is josh stein. earlier today president trump hosted a bipartisan group of congressional leaders at the white house to negotiate a deal on border security and immigration enforcement, including protections for so-called daca recipients ahead of a march deadline. here's a look at some of that meeting. thank you very much everyone for being here. i'm thrilled to be with a distinguished group of republican and democratic lawmakers from both the house and the senate. we have something in common we'd like to see this get done and you know what this mean


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