Inslee, McKenna offer ideas for maritime industry

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Gubernatorial hopefuls Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are offering some ideas about how to bolster the region's maritime industry but didn't specifically say how they would pay for those improvements.

The candidates told attendees at the Bering Seas Fisheries Conference in Seattle Tuesday that they would work to improve freight mobility and workforce training opportunities in the state.

McKenna says he'll focus on lowering the regulatory burden on businesses, opening the state's worker compensation program to competition and boosting K-12 and higher education spending.

Inslee offered a suite of ideas, including creating a maritime sector lead to address regulatory barriers, improving the state's public ferries and promoting the use of alternative energy such as biofuels.