On a third major issue in the last two months, Jay Inslee has sent out his PR team to tell voters they need not be concerned about his plans to make state government more expensive—because he really doesn’t have a plan.
Or, as Shift detailed the first time Inslee tried this tactic – when he was trying to keep his scheme to raise the gas tax by $1.17 per gallon a secret, he says one things to his donors in private, while telling the public “just calm down.”
This week, Inslee is trying to fool voters about the minimum wage issue, even after proposing a huge minimum wage increase in January and trying to find ways that he could just implement the big increase “for state workers and contractors.”
Despite that public history, Inslee sent his unfortunate spokesperson Jaime Smith out to tell the media it was not “quite accurate to imply he was or is committed to pursuing a proposal specifically for state workers at this time.”
Sounds like what another of Inslee’s highly-paid PR people said last week about his plans to potentially raise water utility costs across the state by ordering the state to adopt regulations that current science cannot even meet. “There is no proposal. They don’t know what the governor is considering. You will find out as soon as it is done.”
So that’s Inslee’s strategy whenever he gets caught trying to pay off his political supporters by making state government bigger or giving it more power over citizens – tell the voters they’ll find out what’s in the law after the read it. Haven’t we heard that before?