Regular readers realize that Shift took last week away from our normal writing duties. However, we couldn’t let that much-deserved break keep us from keeping track of what Jay Inslee spent his previous week doing, so here is a quick review of our green governor’s “work” schedule during the first week of August.
Inslee managed to fit in almost 13 hours of official business over the course of the seven days that included the state’s primary – with eight of those hours coming in a single day. It was almost like Inslee decided that the taxpayers deserved a full day’s work the day after the primary, since he’s been spending the vast majority of his time since April raising money for his campaign. However, the duty wasn’t particularly taxing even on that day, with much of the day spent handling ceremonial duties, including speaking to the Washington State Patrol’s new basic training graduates.
Jay made up for that busy day however by putting in less than hour of governing in on five different days – just 45 minutes of official work on Sunday, 40 on Monday, 30 minutes on both Tuesday and Friday, while taking all of Saturday to himself.
He did get in two-and-half hours of real work on Thursday, in one very, very long meeting with his Executive Team. They were probably not so happy to see the primary campaign concluded, though he did manage to spend from 11 am to 7:30 pm on campaign work even on that day.
Overall, 12 hours and 55 minutes was spent on the job the taxpayers provide him a salary to do. Certainly not our money’s worth.