Jay Inslee will face off against Republican challenger, Bill Bryant, in their first debate on August 17th. The Association of Washington Business (AWB) said it would host the debate, as it did after Inslee threatened to skip it during the 2012 campaign, in Spokane.
In honor of the news (and as the moderators prepare questions for the debate), we decided to come up with a list of questions we would like to hear our green governor answer. Without further ado:
1. During your first campaign, you pledged to implement “lean management” techniques. How much money has the state saved due to this effort? Be specific.
2. Why should negotiations between the governor and the state employees unions be held in secret – doesn’t that allow the possibility for aconflict of interest between your political goals and governing?
You can find truth of Inslee’s special relationship with special interests here.
3. During your first campaign, you promised to oppose any new taxes. Since then, in every budget you have submitted to the legislature, you have proposed tax increases, billions of dollars in new taxes in fact, , including a a capital gains income tax Why did you break your promise to voters?
You can find truth about Inslee’s broken tax promises here.
4. Would the average lawmaker say partisanship in Olympia is better or worse since you took office?
5. Assuming it comes down to a choice (which it so often does with liberal policies), which would you prioritize: your extreme “green” agenda or our state’s economic wellbeing?
There are many issues Inslee will certainly struggle to account for during this election cycle — here’s hoping media actually asks the questions that need answers.