As Shift has reported, Jay Inslee isn’t one to actually work much during the course of his regular workday. He does, however, always find time to meet with various special interests groups to shore up support for his re-election campaign.
According to a newsletter from the Washington Federation of State Employees, Inslee made a rather odd, highly partisan promise to state public-employee unions. During the meeting he told top AFSCME union officials, “We know the Freedom Foundation is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to strip people of their rights… I intend to be vigorous in fighting with you against those who want to diminish working people’s rights in the state of Washington.”
Of course, Inslee made no mention of any one of the sleazy schemes these unions have been caught doing “to diminish working people’s rights” lately. The Freedom Foundation points out,
“Inslee neglected to address any specific issues, nor did he elaborate on how informing forcibly unionized workers that they no longer have to pay dues and fees amounted to stripping people of their rights.
“For that matter, he was also mum about the SEIU 925 and 775 being ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines after getting caught in an elaborate scheme to camouflage millions of dollars in political spending it didn’t want its own ‘members’ to know about.”
No, for our green governor, the mission is not to hold these unions accountable for taking advantage of their members and engaging in illegal activities. It’s about attacking and taking down organizations like the Freedom Foundation who are fighting to hold these unions accountable to the law.
Rather than doing the people’s business (helping to pass a supplemental budget), Inslee is spending his time catering to special interests. And, rather than working for accountability in government, Inslee is working to ensure special interests have free reign over the people.
Our green governor’s statement is truly disturbing, but it’s not surprising. In fact, it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from Jay Inslee.
So, when do we voting taxpayers get to learn the exact details of the negotiations which created the Senate Majority Caucus? Releasing those details would provide a shining example of openness and transparency in state government. Why does our Senate continue to deny us this great example of how to conduct the public’s business in public?
The exact details are a vote by the people, comrade. How does the House give us this great example the Senate denies us? Where are the shining examples? Hypocrite.
“The exact details are a vote by the people,”
Glad to see you’re finally recognizing the legitimacy of I-594, but that’s not really the point here. When exactly did we vote to overturn our own election of a Democratic majority in our state’s senate?
Way to go off topic, comrade. Us voting taxpayers don’t care about the exact details of how the Senate Majority Caucus was created. We affirmed their decision with a popular vote. You comrades lost, get over it.
“Us voting taxpayers don’t care about the exact details of how the Senate Majority Caucus was created.”
Your belief in good open government shines as a great example for us all, comrade.
Why the hell do you guys keep using comrade? It’s like you’re from the ussr……
Biff believes that red-baiting is a fresh new way of dodging the substance of my points. (And, to be fair, Shift does red-bait liberals to avoid our pesky, uncooperative facts.) I’m merely noting he does a much better job of imitating a loyal Party apparatchik than any liberal ever has.
Daniel Carson says
Transparency left when the 17 amendment was passes through the mid night hours…
Daniel Carson says
And that was a mystery of it’s own…did the people have a say in that one too? NOT..