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President Xi visit helped showcase Washington state as "world-class center of innovation"

September 25, 2015 - 14:35

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation departed from Paine Field today following two full days of meetings and announcements with many of Washington’s top business and government leaders.


  • Economy
  • Trade
  • Kent firm fined for hazardous waste violations

    September 25, 2015 - 13:20
    The owner of a now-closed metal sign company in Kent faces a $10,000 fine from the Washington Department of Ecology for disregarding an order to properly manage and dispose of potentially hazardous waste at the site. Read more....

    Construction of a New Welcome Center

    September 25, 2015 - 13:00
    We are excited to announce the construction of a new Welcome Center for Pacific Beach! Please be aware, however, that during construction there will be increased noise and limited access for day use parking.

    Dorn Statement on Attorney General's Motion for Reconsideration

    September 25, 2015 - 11:00
    Yesterday, the Attorney General filed a motion for reconsideration with the state Supreme Court.

    AG files campaign finance complaint against SEIU 775

    September 24, 2015 - 17:07

    The Attorney General’s Office today announced that it has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (SEIU 775) and SEIU 775 Quality Care Committee (SEIU 775 PAC).  Specifically, the AG alleges that SEIU 775 and SEIU 775 PAC failed to timely and properly file reports of in-kind and monetary contributions as required under the state’s campaign finance laws.

    AG asks state Supreme Court to reconsider charter schools ruling

    September 24, 2015 - 16:38

    SEATTLE — Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a Motion for Reconsideration asking the Washington Supreme Court to reexamine its recent ruling declaring charter schools unconstitutional.

    Riverside Campsites Advisory - There may be a strong odor due to salmon spawn die off.

    September 24, 2015 - 16:25
    Please be advised that there may be a strong odor at the campsites adjacent to the river. The odor is caused by the naturally occurring die off of the Salmon following the spawning season.

    Port Gamble Bay cleanup begins Monday

    September 24, 2015 - 14:00
    Equipment is rolling in by land and water this week as workers prepare to remove decades-old contaminated sediments and other materials from Port Gamble Bay. Read more....

    September 24, 2015 - 12:46

    Washington's historic drought not over yet - Drought predicted to extend into second year

    September 24, 2015 - 08:30
    Even though cooler temperatures and fall colors are returning, Washington’s historic drought isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Read more....

    Revenue offers tax workshop Oct. 7 in Seattle

    September 23, 2015 - 18:23
    OLYMPIA – Sept. 22, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Seattle on Oct. 7.

    Revenue offers tax workshop Oct. 6 in Bellingham

    September 23, 2015 - 18:22
    OLYMPIA – Sept. 22, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Bellingham on Oct. 6.

    Business Licensing Service adds Woodinville partnership

    September 23, 2015 - 18:22
    OLYMPIA – Sept. 18, 2015 – The city of Woodinville, the heart of Western Washington wine country, today joins 66 other cities in partnership with the state Business Licensing Service.

    Beacon Rock Boat Launch now has one lane open for boat launching

    September 23, 2015 - 16:34
    The Bonneville Power Administration will be dropping the water level approximately 4 feet and due to the extremely low water level only one lane of the boat launch is usable.

    Walla Walla approved to store drinking water underground

    September 23, 2015 - 13:00
    The city of Walla Walla is ensuring its community has a secure public water supply and fish are protected by storing drinking water in nearby basalt aquifers for later use. Read more....

    L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers' comp rates for 2016

    September 23, 2015 - 11:52

    Every fall, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) sets workers' compensation rates for the following year. As wages and health care costs rise, the cost of providing workers' compensation insurance goes up. This year, the department is proposing an average 2 percent rate increase for 2016.

    What should I know about title insurance?

    September 23, 2015 - 08:45

    Buying your home is likely one of the largest investments you'll make and a decision that can affect your finances for years to come. The OIC and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offer information for consumers about title insurance, a topic that is unclear to many people.

    What is title insurance?
    When purchasing real estate, your lender will likely require you to purchase title insurance.

    Title insurance covers you if title problems come up based upon claims prior to when you purchased or refinanced a property. For example, let’s say there is an unpaid mortgage on the property you just bought. Without title insurance, you might have to pay legal costs to settle a dispute. If you lose a dispute, it could cost you money, the equity you have in your home and perhaps even ownership. Title insurance would pay legal costs to settle the dispute and/or to resolve the problem.

    Where can I buy title insurance?
    You can buy title insurance from a title insurance company or a title agent who sells title insurance. Title insurance companies and agents must be licensed by the OIC to sell title insurance in Washington state.

    Many consumers aren’t aware of title insurance until they sign their closing paperwork. You are not required to use the suggested title company or closing agent. You have the right to shop for and choose your provider of title insurance and settlement services.

    You'll need to know the purchase price of the property you are buying to make price comparisons on title services. You can search for licensed title companies and make a list of questions to ask title insurers before you sign a contract. Be sure to ask what services and fees are included in the title premium, any separate fees and whether you qualify for any discounts.

    Some title insurers may be affiliated with lenders, real estate companies, developers or home builders. Ask the person making the referral if their company is affiliated with the recommended title agent and what they are receiving or not receiving for referring you to the title agent. Federal law requires affiliated relationships to be disclosed in writing.

    Read more about choosing and buying title insurance.

    More information
    Read more about title insurance on our website. Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.

    Restoring habitat and reducing flood damage: Working together in the Chehalis River Basin

    September 22, 2015 - 15:15
    The Chehalis River Basin is at a turning point. Recent years have brought extreme and frequent flooding; a trend that may continue into the future. Healthy habitat for aquatic species is significantly degraded in the basin. Read more....

    Inslee and bipartisan group of U.S. governors sign accord with Chinese governors to promote clean energy technology and economic development

    September 22, 2015 - 14:47

    Gov. Jay Inslee today, along with four other U.S. governors, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and six Chinese governors and leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration on clean energy technology and economic development.


  • Economy
  • Clean Energy
  • State Recognizes Clallam County for Top Ranked Project

    September 22, 2015 - 14:00
    The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office tomorrow will present Clallam County with its Bravo Award for its project to reconstruct the historic Spruce Railroad as a trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent.