Jay Inslee does not work for our state. Rather, he works for his special interests’ agenda — we’ve established that by shining a light on his daily calendar.
But, it’s not just that he does not work for our state, our green governor does not seem to work much at all. Inslee’s schedule during the latter half of May, through June 5th, helps us establish that more than ever before.
This special edition of our ongoing series on Inslee’s schedule has us wanting to change his title from our nation’s “greenest governor” to our nation’s “laziest governor.” Without further ado:
Monday, May 23rd
Inslee’s schedule was filled with “Free”, “Personal Time”, and “Out of the office” time. He did not have an official activity on schedule.
Inslee did not work for his paycheck this day.
Tuesday, May 24th
Inslee officially started his “workday” with a 20-minute 9:20 AM phone meeting with staff while en-route to an unofficial event labeled as “Personal Time.” This event lasted 2 hours. Other than another 25-minute phone meeting, he filled his day with more “Personal Time” and “Downtime” events.
That is calendar slang for campaigning. So that means Inslee worked on governing for 45 minutes.
Wednesday, May 25th
Inslee’s official workday — after some more “Personal Time” activities — started at 9:45 AM with a phone call with staff to prep for Governor Ha Jin Song of the Jeollabuk-do province in South Korea’s visit to Washington State. He managed to work until 4:30 PM with only a few 5 to 15-minute breaks. Of course, he was also forced to do so because of the official state visit of a foreign guest. Inslee filled the rest of his day with “Personal Time.”
Inslee worked 7 hours — we are being nice and counting his breaks.
Thursday, May 26th
Inslee started his official day at 9:30 AM with a staff policy briefing that lasted 15-minutes, followed by a 30-minute meeting with his executive team and education staff. Inslee then flew to Everett in order to make remarks at the Work Force Development Center Commencement Ceremony. Apparently, he did not work while en-route. After wrapping-up his hour-long speech at 12:30, Inslee filled the rest of his day with “Personal Time” (including a phone call with Senator Patty Murray).
At 5 PM, Inslee had a phone meeting with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. He then attended a meeting with the Bates Technical College President and Trustees, and made remarks at Bates Technical College Commencement Ceremony until 7:15 PM.
Inslee worked about 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Friday, May 26th
Inslee did not work.
Saturday & Sunday, May 27 – 28th
Inslee did not work.
All in all, Inslee worked a total of 12 hours (that is a generous estimation). Shockingly, our green governor took two full days off…. The week before a three day weekend.
Monday, May 30th
Inslee did not work; it was Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 31st
Other than a 15-minute phone call with a policy advisor at 10:15 AM, Inslee filled his day with “Personal Time.” At 4:30 PM, he prepped with staff for a meeting with the State Finance Committee and Public Deposit Protection Commission. He then met with the State Finance Committee and Public Deposit Protection Commission. At 5 PM, Inslee prepped for his San Francisco climate change trip for 30-minutes. He followed that up with more “Personal Time,” expect for filming a Clean Air Rule video for 15 minutes.
Inslee worked for one hour and 30 minutes.
Wednesday, June 1st
Having flown to San Francisco the pervious evening for a Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) conference, Inslee had breakfast with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at 7:30 AM — we assume the relatively early hour (for Inslee) was Brown’s idea.
By his standards, Inslee had a busy day. He worked 9 hours and 45 minutes — of course, he was at a climate conference with his fellow true believers, so one could hardly call it work .
Especially since there was no Washington State benefit involved in the day.
Thursday, June 2nd
Inslee flew back to Seattle and commenced his regular schedule filled with “Personal Time.” After a 30 minute phone call with his Executive Team, Inslee spent the rest of the afternoon on “Personal Time.” Then, after a 15-minute phone call with Senator Sharon Nelson at 3:15 PM, Inslee did nothing else with his day.
Inslee worked a total of 45 minutes.
Friday, June 3rd
Inslee managed to start his day at 8 AM with a phone prep with staff for a
Western State Hospital Leadership meeting he had at 8:45 AM. From 10 AM – 11 AM, Inslee was at an Executive Cabinet/Governor’s Staff Retreat. After going for a haircut in the middle of the day, Inslee met with staff from 12:15 to 1:15 PM. Other than a 10-minute phone call with staff and attending Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle’s Retirement Celebration, Inslee filled the rest of his day with “Personal Time.”
Inslee worked about 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 – 5th
Inslee did not do any official work.
In total, Inslee worked 16 hours at 30 minutes. However, excluding the day of the conference, he worked a mere 6 hours and 45 minutes.
That’s your governor, at “work”.