From his twitter feed, Inslee is still running against Trump
Top Ten Best Inslee Presidential Campaign Moments. Now that Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign has come and gone, those of us at Shift admit we were often entertained by the Governor’s lackluster effort on the national stage. We will miss his antics, but we will always have the memories. We have collected our ten favorite moments. (ShiftWA)
Happening in Olympia
From scrolling through Jay Inslee’s twitter feed, it is easy to understand why many people are hesitant to believe the governor’s pledge that he is not interested in a Washington, D.C. position. From immigration to the environment to race relations, Inslee still appears obsessed with Donald Trump. Many wish he would show as much enthusiasm for problems within his Department of Corrections and Department of Transportation or dealing with the financial crises that many school districts are currently facing. (Twitter)
Tolls for the Highway 99 tunnel through downtown Seattle will begin November 9th. The tolls are beginning much later than previously scheduled due to problems and legal actions with the original state Department of Transportation vendor. Tolls will run from $1.00 on weekends to $2.25 during the peak weekday afternoon commute. Many expect surface streets through downtown will be more congested once the tolls commence. (Seattle Times)
In the hotly contested District One race for Seattle city council, challenger Phil Tavel is laying much of the blame for Seattle’s homeless crises on incumbent Lisa Herbold. Tavel says that Herbold keeps mistakenly placing the fault on housing. Tavel believes this is not where we should be focusing our attention to solve the problem. “It’s about mental health issues, it’s about substance abuse issues, and it’s about a city that is failing to step up when it should.” (MyNorthwest)
A new anti-dam documentary was recently released that even dam-removal advocates admit is inaccurate. The producers of “Damned to Extinction” claim that if the four lower Snake River dams were removed there would be no need to find replacement energy. This belief contradicts the fact the dams provide 7% of Washington’s energy and most experts agree our current supply will be inadequate within a couple of years. (Washington Policy Center)
Like many school districts around the state, the Spokane School District has made layoffs and increased class size due to the district’s budget deficit. And like the other districts who share the same fate in 2019, it is mostly due to 2018 contracts which gave teachers sizable raises. Last year the teachers in Spokane received a 13.3% raise. (Spokesman-Review)
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