On Tuesday, Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address before a joint session of the state House and Senate. Inslee’s message was on point. He did not stray from expectations. Rather, he outlined the policies he introduced in his budget plan—an agenda that includes historic tax hikes and unprecedented spending.
In essence, Inslee’s speech was predictable and uninspiring—all the makings of a generally unimpressive speech. So, we here at Shift took it upon ourselves to add a little extra spice to the prospect of sitting through a half hour speech delivered by our green governor—it’s not as easy as it sounds, trust us—with a little quiz we call “Did Jay Inslee say it?”
Inslee may or may not have made the following statements during his State of State address. See how many you can identify as statements made by our green governor, as opposed to statements made by other Democrats. To find out the right answers, you could watch his speech or just look at the answers at the bottom of the page. If you don’t choose to do the first, we can understand why. Without further ado:
Did Jay Inslee say…
- In our country’s northwest corner, facing both the Pacific Ocean and the future, is the most innovative, most resourceful, most dynamic state in our nation. (Y/N)
- The extreme weather events and the knock-on effects with the stronger ocean-based storms, the bigger downpours, more floods, mudslides, the saturation of that hillside in Snohomish County, for example — these things are way more common now, because the extremes are more extreme and they are more frequent. (Y/N)
- These investments are not based on wishful thinking, they are based on rock solid foundations of proven strategies, established reforms and demonstrable student performance. (Y/N)
- We face many challenges, but it is the growing threat of carbon pollution that can permanently change the nature of ———– as we know it… It’s increasing wildfires and increasing asthma rates in our children, particularly in low income communities and communities of color. (Y/N)
- We’ve got a system where a millionaire pays the same tax rate as a single parent who’s making a minimum wage. It’s working families that are bearing the brunt of our tax code. (Y/N)
By our calculations 5 out of 5 makes you a Jay Inslee expert (for what it’s worth, congratulations), while 4 out of 5 gets you the title of specialist. For those with 3 out of 5, we won’t be too worried if were you… after all, differentiating Inslee from other Democrats isn’t easy. A score of 2 or less makes you a Jay Inslee novice… we encourage you to get to know just who your green governor is here.
- Yes, this one’s a bit of a throw away.
- No, this extreme statement was actually made by Al Gore.
- Yes, key word here is “demonstrable.” Inslee throws this word around quite often.
- Yes, but Inslee isn’t the only Democrat politician to attribute wildfires and asthma to global warming.
- No, this statement was made by President Barack Obama who has a long history of calling for tax fairness through bad tax policies.