The state Legislature will finally adjourn its record-breaking long session today. Democrats’ obstructionist tactics, ridiculous claims and special interests’ agenda tainted this legislative session. Luckily, Republicans managed to stand firm for reason and Washington’s working families—a reality that led them to dominate the legislative session, passing a budget that includes no new taxes and a transportation package that includes a consumer protection provision guarding against Jay Inslee’s gas-pricing raising fuel mandate.
This legislative session revealed just how little respect Inslee commands among lawmakers. In the wake of learning Inslee’s nickname in Olympia (Gov. Dangerfield), Shift is celebrating the end of this legislative session by taking a walk down memory lane, looking back on Inslee’s most ridiculous moments. Enjoy this Friday Funny!
1. When Jay Inslee demanded that lawmakers meet to discuss the budget in his office, then got the boot from talks because he broke with protocol and spoke about the budget negotiations with the media.
2. When Jay Inslee threatened to veto any budget that does not raise taxes… then was forced to sign a budget that does not raise taxes.
- When Jay Inslee asked lawmakers again and again and again to consider his cap-and-tax scheme, but could not even muster enough support for it among members of his own party.
- When Jay Inslee referred to Senate Republicans’ consumer protection provision guarding against his expensive fuel mandate as a “poison pill,” then was forced to sign a transportation package that includes the provision thereby delivering a blow to his fuel mandate plans.
- When Jay Inslee proved his die-hard allegiance to the Washington Education Association (WEA) by refusing to call its illegal strikes what they were, “strikes.” Instead, Inslee insisted on referring to the illegal strikes as “protests.” Despite Inslee’s efforts, lawmakers did not give the WEA what it wanted anyway.