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Vaccine mandate, long-term care insurance stirring controversy in Olympia

Virus Outbreak Washington
Ted S. Warren
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The Associated Press
Protesters who oppose mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates gather outside the Legislative Building on Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia.

Two state mandates are causing some controversy in Washington. The first is Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health-care workers, educators and state employees. Washington's largest state employee union has filed a lawsuit over it.

A new tax-funded program for long-term care is also prompting questions.

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about these topics.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
Vivian McCall is a reporter, producer and host at KNKX. Originally from Texas, Vivian spent the majority of her journalism career in Chicago. She loves having fun with sound and digging into cool science stories.
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