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President Obama Speaks At Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility
President Obama Speaks At Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility (Photo by Paul Chinn-Pool/Getty Images)
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What’s Happened To Green Energy Company Tax Money? An Update

Gov. Inslee is set to embark on am ambitious environmental program which he believes will create a green economy and help erase a billion dollar plus deficit.

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Gov. Inslee delivers State Of the State Speech
Gov. Inslee delivers State Of the State Speech (Washington state legislative website)
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Gov. Inslee Delivers “State Of The State” Speech – Here’s Important Parts

Today Gov. Inslee delivered the Washington state equivalent of the Presidential State of the Union speech.  We've included key points that stood out for us, and some that raise eyebrows.

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Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases
Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases (wa.gov legislative site)
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WA Legislators Work To Return Two-Thirds Majority for Tax Increases

If a new joint resolution filed in the WA state legislature passes,  lawmakers will have to (again) get 66% yes votes to raise taxes.

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$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget
$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Report Touts Inslee’s Programs Saving $36 Million, Ignores $12 Billion Budget

Tuesday,  Gov. Inslee's office released results of several government efficiency programs that claim to have in various forms, saved the state $36 million dollars.

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Inslee wants to tax e-cigs, related products - even nicotine free
Inslee wants to tax e-cigs, related products - even nicotine free (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee’s Proposed Budget Includes 95% Tax on e-Cigs, Related Products

Critics say tax would not only 'destroy' their profits, but drive consumers back to traditional cigarettes.

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Inslee (center in photo) plans numerous new taxes in 2015-17 budget
Inslee (center in photo) plans numerous new taxes in 2015-17 budget . (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee’s Budget Proposal Includes Capitol Gains Tax, Raising Cigarette Taxes

So much for his campaign promise to veto any new taxes.   A long time ago, when Candidate Inslee was running for office,  he said he thought the state budget could be balanced without tax increases.   Governor Inslee has apparently come down with amnesia.

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Inslee unveils plans for assault on fossil fuels industry
Inslee unveils plans for assault on fossil fuels industry (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee Plans “Assault” On What He Calls “Polluting Industries”

Inslee vows to "make polluting industries pay."   Whoa there, environmental cowboy.

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Did Gov. Inslee abandon his 'no new taxes' campaign pledge?
Did Gov. Inslee abandon his 'no new taxes' campaign pledge? (getty images)
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Gov. Inslee on “No New Taxes” — Campaign Promises Then and Now

This week, Gov. Inslee turned heads when his office said he will ask for about $1 billion in new taxes when he unveils his new state budget, as the new legislative session prepares to get underway.  Did he blatantly lie to voters?  Read on and decide for yourself.

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Washington state's national tax rank released.
Washington state's national tax rank released. (Washington state legislative website)
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Washington State Sales Tax Among Worst in Nation, Says Annual Report

The Tax Foundation has released it's annual State Business Tax Climate, and Washington state is a mixed bag of results.

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Inslee given "F" by noted financial institute
Inslee given "F" by noted financial institute (Getty images)
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Gov. Inslee Earns “F” Report Card for Mid-Term Performance

The Cato Institute is considered a leading political and economic expert, and they've issued some pretty tough grades for several of the nation's governors.   Founded in 1977 by some of the nation's leading political and economic experts,  they've given Inslee a failing grade.

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