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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Washington Governor Announces 'Soft Launch' Of Performance Indicators

Office of the Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to more than double the number of state-funded preschool slots by 2019. He also wants to decrease the number of SUVs purchased by the state.

The Democrat plans to track those goals and many others like them using a new government accountability program he calls: Results Washington. Inslee announced a “soft launch” of the data-driven approach to state government at a news conference Tuesday.

“So even if we don’t achieve every single one of these goals right away our efforts will bring us closer to success and we will be better equipped to engage our employees, partners and public in building a working Washington.”

Inslee says Results Washington will build on data-driven performance programs launched under previous governors. It’s centered around five statewide goals. They include creating a “world-class education” and a “prosperous economy.”

On the Web:

Results Washington - official site 
Initiative announcement - Office of the Governor 

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."