Inslee Misses Some Top Priorities in First Session
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has admitted to entering his first legislative session with some lofty goals.
Broad plans to expand government revenue, a transportation funding package and policy bills related to abortion, gun control and immigrant access to financial aid were just a few on his long list.
None of them passed.
Even some of the successes that Inslee had over nearly six months of work were watered down versions of what he initially sought.
Looking back on the session, Inslee touted that the state was able to add $1 billion to the education system. He also cited new investments in clean energy and a climate bill as successes, although his primary climate bill was amended to remove language about the human impact on climate change.
Inslee says some of his priorities were thwarted by a Senate majority that he said failed to allow moderate lawmakers to build consensus.