Gov. Jay Inslee says state must act on homelessness

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – In his annual State of the State speech, Gov. Jay Insee said that homelessness is a “growing crisis.”

Inslee told lawmakers the state must act now to reduce the number of people who are living without permanent shelter.

About 10,000 people in the state are without shelter, and more than 11,000 live in temporary homeless housing, according to the most recent annual report from the state Department of Commerce.

Inslee also called on lawmakers to pass a clean fuel standard that requires fuel producers and importers to reduce the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels.