DSHS has taken $22 million from Washington taxpayers, handed it to a Missouri vendor and to state employees, and has received nothing in return.
The Stranger criticizes the radical leftist Antifa group…sort of. It was a nice surprise to read this post from The Stranger’s blog (Slog) which criticized the radical leftist group Antifa for their brutal attack on conservative reporter Andy Ngo in Portland a week ago. Yet it was disappointing that the prevailing problem The Stranger had was that “in the long run, all (Antifa) did was hurt their own cause.” (Shift WA)
Happening in Olympia
Adding to the long list of administrative boondoggles under Jay Inslee, DSHS acknowledges they have received nothing despite spending $22 million on new software system four years ago. $8 million has gone to the Missouri vendor, while the remainder has been spent on things including “salaries and benefits for DSHS employees working on the project and professional service contracts.” When asked about the delays, DSHS spokesman blamed “the age of the buildings.” (One would think they would know the age and condition of their buildings prior to authorizing a huge contract for technological improvements in the buildings.) (The News Tribune)
June 28th marked the one-year anniversary of the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling stated that it violated 1st Amendment rights to force government employees to pay union dues. According to the Freedom Foundation, there has been a resulting 25% drop in union membership in one of Washington’s largest public employee unions, the Washington Federation of State Employees. (The Lens)
Last Friday, in a fundraising appeal from Judi Inslee, Washington’s First Lady opened her email by stating, “Jay doesn’t love talking about himself.” Wonder if this is a new personality trait developed after Inslee’s self-congratulations was shot down by Senator Klobuchar at last month’s Democrat Presidential debate? Being laughed at on a national stage will often cause behavioral modifications. (Yahoo News)
Since its implementation on January 1, 2018, Seattle raised 50% more than expected from “Soda Tax,” yet they don’t spend it on the programs they assured the tax would assist. Seattle Councilmembers knew they were passing a tax that would impact the poor the most, so they promised the tax would be spent helping low-income nutrition program. Yet, instead the money has been spent on a general fund deficit created when the ill-fated “head tax” was scrapped. (KUOW)
After the behavior and subsequent firing of one officer, the Spokane Chapter of the NCAAP (where white-who-identified-as-black Rachel Dolezel once worked) has demanded the Spokane County Sheriff’s office go through a “cultural audit.” The audit would examine “stops, arrests and use of force based on race and gender.” (KHQ)
The Wenatchee City Council is considering regulatory changes to “cryptocurrency mining.” Because of cheap electrical rates, the region is a hotbed for the mining of digital currency, such as Bitcoin. (Wenatchee World)
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