King County Executive
Executive Constantine details Metro service investments in 2017-18 budget proposal
To help reduce crowding, improve reliability and increase the frequency of bus trips on key corridors, King County Executive Dow Constantine identified routes across King County to receive service and reliability investments as part of his proposed 2017-18 budget.
In biennial budget, Executive Constantine calls for investments in transit, human services and environment, urges Legislature to act on tax reform
Executive Constantine's budget invests in Metro Transit, human services, and other important programs that reflect the values of King County residents. Supported primarily by property taxes, General Fund revenues continue to be in adequate to fund basic services. Joined by leaders from counties across Washington, the Executive called on the Legislature to reform local government revenue sources that support public health, public safety, and other key services.
How King County became one of the best Affordable Care Act success stories in the country
Executive Constantine’s all-hands-on-deck approach to helping residents sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has contributed to a dramatic decrease in the uninsured rate in King County, dropping to the lowest levels on record.
King County ready to implement Executive Constantine’s groundbreaking Best Starts for Kids initiative
The King County Council unanimously approved Executive Constantine’s plan to implement Best Starts for Kids, a voter-approved initiative that will increase the number of children and youth in the region who reach adulthood healthy and ready to succeed.
Executive on state's new carbon rules: We must act on climate change
King County Executive Dow Constantine releases statement on Gov. Inslee’s new carbon rules.
Tukwila volunteers honored with Executive's Award for Community Preparedness
The Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC Team) is the recipient of this year's Executive's Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall in recognition of outstanding efforts made by volunteer organizations to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Heroin and opioid task force recommends strategy that focuses on prevention and increasing access to treatment
To confront the region’s growing and increasingly lethal heroin and opioid epidemic, a task force of experts recommends a comprehensive strategy that focuses on prevention and increasing access to treatment on demand.
National policy experts and local leaders praise Executive Constantine's strategic plan to confront inequity
The strategic plan to build equity and opportunity in King County created by Executive Constantine is being praised by community leaders and national policy experts as a model to confront inequity. It's a six-year plan for King County to transform all operations to advance equity in key areas of government.
Executive Constantine calls for new investments in Metro Transit service, safety, and reliability
Previewing his 2017-2018 budget, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a series of transit investments aimed at increasing service to customers, creating a better workplace for transit employees, and building the infrastructure for sustained growth of one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing transit systems.
Protecting King County’s most valuable remaining farms, forests, habitats and other green spaces from development
To protect the region’s most valuable remaining open spaces from development, Executive Constantine is bringing together experts from the public and private sectors to create a long-term conservation strategy.
Executive pays tribute to legendary civil rights activist Bob Santos
King County Executive issued the following statement after the passing of activist Robert "Bob" Santos.
Following through on King County’s commitment to welcoming immigrants and refugees
Executive Constantine endorsed recommendations by an immigrant and refugee task force to add resources and build on successful King County programs that welcome new residents and open opportunities.
Executive on Ken Griffey Jr.: He was perhaps the greatest player of his generation, and will forever be an icon of Northwest sport
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement as the Seattle Mariners retire Ken Griffey Jr.'s number.
Executive appoints Alex Fryer as new communications director
Alex Fryer, an award-winning former journalist and public affairs vice president, has been named the new communications director for King County Executive Dow Constantine. He begins his new position with the Executive Office on August 1.
Executive Constantine signs legislation to invest $87 million in workforce housing around transit stations
More than 1,000 units of affordable workforce housing will be created over the next five years around Sound Transit and King County Metro transit stations, with up to $87 million from the sale of bonds backed by future lodging tax revenues.
Executive on the passing of Ruth Woo: She helped shape the leaders who shaped our region
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following tribute after the passing of Ruth Woo, an influential leader in the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Executive’s statement on Puget Sound Energy’s Colstrip agreement with Sierra Club
Puget Sound Energy reached a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club establishing a firm timeline for shutting down two older coal-fired plants in Montana that provide electricity to customers in King County. Executive Constantine issued the following statement in support of that action.
Executive on Dallas shootings: This nation must come to grips with race, hate, guns, and a corrosive culture of violence
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement in response to the fatal shooting of Dallas police officers.
Executive's plan to support LGBT entrepreneurs praised by business leaders as a national model
Local and national business associations say Executive Constantine’s decision to make King County the largest county in the U.S. to track the number of contracts awarded to LGBT-owned small businesses will have a positive impact on the region’s economy, and predict other metropolitan regions across the nation will follow King County’s lead.
Soundgarden helps Executive launch the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel
Executive Constantine launched the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel named after the legendary Seattle band Soundgarden. Field scientists will use the vessel to monitor water quality, respond to illegal spills, and study the effects of climate change