Jay Inslee has a response to all his budget critics: “Buck up!” Our green governor proposed historic spending and tax increases, but cannot seem to understand the reaction of those who received his agenda with a general lack of enthusiasm.
As Shift reported, Inslee’s $39 billion budget includes a spending increase of 15.4%, new taxes to the tune of $1.5 billion and a generous dipping ($600 million) into the state’s revenue reserves—including $450 million from the state’s rainy day fund. Inslee also packed his most wished-for items into his budget, complete with a cap-and-tax scheme, a fuel mandate and pricey state employee pay hikes costing a whopping $1.5 billion. One could say that our green governor wants to use our state’s rainy day fund to make it rain cash on some of his biggest campaign donors, state employee labor unions.
Yet, Inslee wants you to “Buck up!” Sit back, and watch your hard-earned tax dollars go toward ensuring Inslee is able to reward his campaign donors, with a budget that does not meet its legal obligations.
By state law, the governor of Washington must present a viable budget plan—a budget that fits within existing tax and spending rules. Inslee’s budget does not. His proposed spending exceeds the state spending limit. In order to pass his unprecedented and “solidly liberal agenda,” the Legislature would have to first change the law.
Considering that even some Democrats met Inslee’s budget with skepticism, the possibility of changing the law to pass Inslee’s budget is slim to none. Democrat Rep. Ross Hunter, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, told the Seattle Times that “it will be politically hard to find enough votes to suspend I-1351 and spend some of the state’s reserves.” He said, “I need 60 percent (of votes in the Legislature) to use the rainy-day fund… I need two-thirds to modify 1351. Those are going to be hard.” Hunter, rather generously, went on to call Inslee’s budget a “starting point.”
Notice, he left out the word “good.”
Donald Gault says
hangem hangem high, stupid libtard
Just some facts and thoughts on Jay Inslee in well thought
A True Jay Inslee Story – inch deep and mile wide
Many years ago Jay Inslee, Democrat from Wenatchee
Washington, wanted to run for an open House seat in our area. I think he was a lawyer. He was to run against Republican Doc. Hastings. Our Head Quarter folks and our local general
management decide they were going to back him since the guys back east were
heavy supporter of Clinton. They went to
breakfast with Ale Gore and thousand other guys and thought they had in for
$1000 a plate.
Good we thought, our conservative side of the state needed a
more moderate guy in office and of course headquarters thought supporting a
local democrat would be good for our DOE contract work opportunities. Yes there are people that believe you can buy
your way into Government business. And I know some have. Most of the capture managers and marketing
guys believe in this BS.
Well Jay came to visit us at Hanford and we brought him up
to speed on the environmental laws governing the Hanford Cleanup (CERCLA and
RCRA) we figured in his upcoming debate with Doc. Hastings he might get asked a
question about Hanford and since he was from Wenatchee not the Tri Cities and
knew squat about Hanford cleanup he might be a little vulnerable.
Well Jay is a nice guy, good looking, and tall and smiles a
lot. Doc, well is shorter, slightly bald
and looks the part of a store owner.
Smiles not as much and speaks quietly. No match Right?
So the debate is on and what happened was unbelievable. The terms CERCLA and RCRA and what they mean
was given to Inslee for defense not offence.
In the middle of the debate Jay asked Doc if he knew what the terms
CERCLA and RCRA meant seeing that Hanford brought in $1.5 billion a year into
the community then. That should be important —Right?
Well Doc just smiled and said no I don’t. Then Doc said : Do you know what ERISA is
about? Jay was dumbfounded. Said
nothing. The debate was over. He knew nothing about the Department of Labor
rules that govern how employee benefits should be handled. Every small business man there knew it.
Of course Jay lost and a couple years late he moved to the
west side of Washington and got elected to congress. Now he is governor of the state.
Doc Hastings just retired from congress and has refused to
take the Congressional Retirement money.
Maybe Jay would have never won on the east side of
Washington. I don’t know. I have tried to support two others Dems
against Doc and they lost. One was a
good women candidate.
What was obvious at to me was Jay looked the part but was a
mile wide and inch deep on experience and just plain smarts.
a view from street level says
jay inslee is just a little obama from chicgo
As a registered voter in Washington state, my response to Inslee and his illegal budget, “Fuck off!”