Gov. Inslee unveils $120 million jobs package

Gov. Inslee unveils $120 million jobs package

Credit: KING

Gov. Jay Inslee lays out his jobs plan during a press conference in Olympia, Wash., Feb. 13, 2013.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- 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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