BELLEVUE – “The people of Washington State are frustrated- frustrated by a Governor who is irrationally politicizing a crisis and selecting industries to keep open based on his own arbitrary biases. There is no doubt that we need to take the Coronavirus pandemic seriously and that we all need to take measures to prevent it’s spread. It is also becoming clear that Governor Jay Inslee is unwilling to consider any of the safe and logical steps presented to him to help ease the economic burden on Washingtonians during these unprecedented times.
 
After three weeks, he still inexplicably refuses to allow private construction to go back to work, while simultaneously allowing public construction to continue. This unfairly hurts people that work in construction and also those in need of housing. Inslee has the ability to put the construction industry safely back to work but won’t.
 
The Governor has closed down fishing, hiking, golf, and other recreational activities that are allowed in many other states because they can be done with very little risk of COVID-19 spread. These activities can be an important means to improve and maintain mental health, yet Inslee will not take this commonsense measure to allow them to continue.
 
Perhaps most frustratingly, there is no end in sight. As data shows that the curve has flattened and our state is on a positive trajectory, Inslee is alluding to longer government orders. As businesses are folding and more Washingtonians are laid off, Jay Inslee has not given any indications that he is motivated to get people back to work in a safe and reasonable manner. Republicans have offered a path to safely re-opening our economy. Governor Inslee has not.
 
The Governor is not listening to the people, and has offered no hope and no path forward. People are suffering, financially and emotionally under the stress of trying to provide for their families. The Governor has shown no concern for them.”
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4 Comments

Lowell Smith · April 20, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Why are we not organizing protests vs Inslee. Also, Having read thru the Wa constitution, I have found no place in it that gives Inslee the power to shut down commerce in Washington State. Inslee would love to make this a police state as he seems to thrive on Power over the People.
The Fact is, Commerce is strictly regulated by the Federal Gov. and specifically requires the States to not be involved.
Inslee seems not to understand that He works for “We the People”

    Darlene Lindley · April 23, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Me Smith, you stated exactly what question I have: where does it state that Inslee, (or any other Gov.) has power to shut down commerce? What power do Governors have?

    Klaus Snyder · April 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Sadly Lowell, 50+ years ago, the State Legislature passed laws that DO provide Gov. Inslee with at least a “statutory basis” for his actions (though the statutes have never been challenged on Constitutional grounds … maybe now is that time). The relevant statutes are found in RCW Ch. 43.06.

    The following sections of two particular statutes are worth being aware of as this “state ordered lock down” continues:

    RCW 43.06.210 “… The state of emergency shall cease to exist upon the issuance of a proclamation of the governor declaring its termination: PROVIDED, That the governor must terminate said state of emergency proclamation when order has been restored in the area affected.” AND

    “RCW 43.06.220(2)(g) “Such other statutory and regulatory obligations or limitations prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business, or the orders, rules, or regulations of any state agency if strict compliance with the provision of any statute, order, rule, or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency, unless (i) authority to waive or suspend a specific statutory or regulatory obligation or limitation has been expressly granted to another statewide elected official, (ii) the waiver or suspension would conflict with federal requirements that are a prescribed condition to the allocation of federal funds to the state, or (iii) the waiver or suspension would conflict with the rights, under the First Amendment, of freedom of speech or of the people to peaceably assemble. The governor shall give as much notice as practical to legislative leadership and impacted local governments when issuing orders under this subsection (2)(g).”

    We must ALL remain vigilant and NOT just accept the draconian measures that the Left keeps “peddling” across the country (and across the world) – we CAN survive this AND we can thrive again IF those in our Government will “follow the science” and see that their fear mongering is NOT doing the public as much good as it is harming it.

Darlene Lindley · April 23, 2020 at 10:06 am

To finish my other request Mr. Smith, if governors are overstepping their authorities, why wouldn’t POTUS put a stop to it. They have boundaries. At a time like this, how do citizens stop their overreacting authority?

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