Jay Inslee, the man behind the green curtain
Happening in Olympia
Gov. Jay Inslee warns Washington will suffer from climate change, but won’t yet reveal his ever-changing climate plan. “We will present our effort to save the state from this peril in a couple weeks,” Inslee told the Seattle Times. “All will be revealed.” Inslee’s proposal, whatever it is, comes right after voters rejected a carbon tax for the second time in two years. (Seattle Times)
State House Republicans selected their leadership team during the group’s re-org meeting yesterday. Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm) has been re-elected as minority leader. “Our caucus is focused on standing up for the hard-working taxpayer and the people left behind in our state,” said Wilcox. “We’re also going to fight for effective state government oversight – something that is critical when power rests with only one party in Olympia.” (Washington State Wire)
The city-recommended budget shows Puyallup taxpayers can expect to send the city a few more dollars for public safety, along with facility and park projects in 2019. The 2019 budget gives a boost of more than $2 million to the police department for an additional two patrol officers. The total budget lands at around $145.7 million, up by $2.6 million compared to last year’s budget. (Tacoma News Tribune)
Evergreen students are focusing their ire this week on campus police officers, demanding the college not hire two new officers. Protestors are also demanding officers be disarmed while promoting “fun” and their status as a “sanctuary campus.” Freshman Alice McIntyre told the Cooper Point Journal, “The question of police presence on campus is not just a question of budget priorities, it’s a question of power: who runs the school, and for what purpose?” A LOT of taxpayers are asking those questions too, Alice. (My Northwest)
Roughly two dozen activists in Spokane stood with a small group of homeless people to block code enforcement from clearing out a homeless encampment outside City Hall. The protest was organized after a notice was posted at the camp by the Spokane Police Department Saturday. “If they want to clean up trash, be my guest. But what’s ironic about that, they all of the sudden decide to come out here,” said Alfredo LLamedo who recently ended a hunger strike in support of homeless rights. (The Spokesman-Review)
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