What Happened to Inslee’s “Working Washington?”
On the heels of The Seattle Times printing my guest editorial explaining how little support Inslee and many lawmakers in the House showed for policies to foster job creation this past legislative session, come two more editorials pointedly asking what happened to Inslee’s much touted “Working Washington” plan.
While stumping for governor, Inslee made his jobs plan, dubbed “Working Washington,” a cornerstone of his campaign. Inslee promised to “change the culture of Olympia” by creating a “jobs-and-economy focused administration.” Inslee even declared there would be “no excuses from the top—the Governor needs to be accountable for successes and failures of facilitating job creation.”
As the dust settles from the multiple legislative sessions, Washington Policy Center is not alone in believing our state’s governor fell short in the job creation department.
The Daily News in Longview issued a scathing editorial Wednesday highlighting the Governor's failure to live up to his “Working Washington” campaign slogan. The editorial (“Where’s the ‘Working Washington’ Inslee promised?”) outlines how Inslee failed to keep his promise to “create thousands of jobs today while making the state a leader in the industries of tomorrow” and concludes the governor and his team “don’t know how to do one or the other.”
In another editorial printed Wednesday in the The Herald in Everett, Inslee’s focus on environmental concerns with the coal export terminal is criticized for trumping job creation. “The governor needs to balance his environmental zeal with some appreciation for the negative economic consequence of regulatory uncertainty and rising business costs.” The editorial concludes with the question: “What happened to building a working Washington?”
Gov. Inslee went to great lengths during his campaign to assure voters he understood the solution to our tough economy--more jobs. There were a multitude of bills introduced this year that would have gone a long way towards helping the small business owners grow their business and create these jobs.