Once again, just the thought that Jay Inslee might make a job-killing decision to help his campaign funders has caused some in the private sector to register complaint. And, once again, the Inslee administration is telling people to just calm down: “They are reacting to something that doesn’t exist,” said Inslee spokesman David Postman.
Last month, it was Inslee’s secret scheme to effectively add $1 – or more – per gallon to the price of gas in Washington State. Once that became public, thanks to Shift, Inslee himself took to the radio airwaves to say, “People need to calm down and take a deep breath...”
This month it’s the bureaucratic maze called “fish consumption rates.” Some liberal observers think it’s much ado about nothing, after all how much harm could Jay Inslee do to the state’s economy?
Others, such as the Spokane editorial board, are more hopeful that Inslee will let reason and science prevail, and not the money that flows into his campaign from special interests which want stricter standards – Indian tribes and environmental groups.
Which side will prevail remains to be seen, though our “green” governor gets to make this one on his own, with no legislative approval or adult supervision. No wonder it’s hard for people worried about jobs to “just calm down.”