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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Addresses Wildfire Costs, Mental Health in Supplement Budget Proposal

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington's governor wants teachers starting out in the state to get a $5,000 raise. Governor Jay Inslee brought that up Thursday morning when he unveiled his supplemental budget proposal for 2016. The teacher issue is actually separate from the budget plan but it would require about $100 million to pay for it. 

As for the supplemental budget Inslee wants more money to go toward wildfire costs and Washington's mental health care system. Inslee explained why he thinks money for places like state hospitals is needed.

"The hospitals are seriously understaffed. That's why we're adding a very significant number of additional staff. It's imperative that we do this. There are general safety concerns both for patients and working people at these hospitals," said Inslee.

Lawmakers will go back to Olympia next month where the House and Senate will present their own supplemental budget proposals during their 60-day legislative session.

Inslee's supplemental budget details from the Associated Press: 

- More than $178 million to cover the cost to fight last summer's wildfires.
    
- More than $137 million for mental health needs.
    
- Nearly $89 million to speed up removal of barriers to fish passage and to improve fish habitat across the state.
    
- More than $24 million for wildfire prevention as well disaster relief to help landowners and cattle ranches recover from losses from the 2015 fire season. Another $66 million would be used to continue already started disaster recovery projects.
    
- $25.5 million for general obligation bonds for about 36 toxic pollution cleanup projects statewide, including some new sites.
    
- $5.6 million to help the state transition to the next generation of 911 emergency calling systems.
    
- $11.5 million to preserve aging housing and keep it usable and affordable for low-income and vulnerable people and reduce homelessness.
    
- $3.4 million to hire more people to enhance the state's enforcement of antitrust laws.

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