This week, in the ongoing investigation into Jay Inslee’s Department of Corrections scandal, lawmakers on the Senate Law and Justice Committee questioned his officials over why they managed to fix a small computing error quickly, while utterly failing to address the larger error that led to the early release of more than 3,000 inmates. The question is especially relevant because the early releases led to at least two deaths and seven felonies. Crosscut reports,
“Like the major early release error, the problem discussed Wednesday was largely an IT problem, and one that affected sentence computations for inmates, albeit in much smaller numbers. But the less-severe error was fixed relatively soon after it was reported — while the early release error was left uncorrected for years…”
One rather obvious answer to the perplexing question is incompetence. Under Jay Inslee’s leadership, the level of incompetence at the highest level of state government has been shocking. And it’s not just at the Corrections department, in the past few months scandals have surfaced at the Washington State Department of Transportation and State Department of Social and Health Services due to the incompetent and ineffective appointments Inslee has made.
These problems stem from Inslee’s highly partisan, D.C.-style political approach to governing. As he proved through his appointments, Inslee is more committed to surrounding himself with partisans willing to push his agenda without question than with reforming state government for the better.
Simply put, Inslee has failed to deliver government accountability.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn recently said of Inslee, “If it comes to global warming, ocean acidity, carbon, he’s all-in no matter what. But it’s not the paramount duty as a governor to solve global warming.”
Dorn’s words hit the mark. Inslee is not concerned with doing his job as governor. He is not concerned with government efficiency or accountability. He is not concerned with appointing competent people to head agencies like the State Department of Corrections.
Inslee is first and foremost concerned with his extreme “green” agenda. His focus on issues beyond his control prove that governing is just not his priority.