Inslee’s security unit expansion will cost $4M over 2 years

Newly assigned troopers, related spending are expected to increase the unit’s by about $1.5 million.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Washington State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of Gov. Jay Inslee’s travelling security detail as he runs for president. The cost would be more than $4 million over two years.

The Seattle Times reported that six additional troopers, a sergeant and a lieutenant would be assigned to the Executive Protection Unit. The unit has had eight troopers and one sergeant.

The newly assigned troopers and related spending are expected to increase the unit’s $2.6 million budget by about $1.5 million in the current fiscal year, which runs through June, and by $2.7 million in fiscal year 2020, according to figures provided by the patrol to the newspaper and public radio’s Northwest News Network.

The added costs include salaries and overtime, flights and other travel-related expenses.

The Democrat Inslee announced earlier this year that he was seeking his party’s presidential nomination.

Republicans have said Inslee should reimburse the state so its taxpayers are unaffected.

“The easy way to solve all this is the Inslee for President campaign to cut a check to the state treasurer,” said state Rep. Drew Stokesbary, a Republican. “The state can’t mandate that the campaign pay for it, but the campaign can certainly step up and pay for it.”

Inslee, serving his second term, has declined to offer reimbursement for the Patrol’s security costs from his political campaign, saying all governors are entitled to State Patrol protection, whether on official or political business.

Jamal Raad, an Inslee political spokesman, said last week that position has not changed. However the campaign has started paying the cost of car rentals or use of state vehicles on Inslee’s political trips inside and outside the state, as required by Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules.

Inslee’s campaign boasted it raised more than $1 million a few days after announcing his presidential candidacy. Act Now on Climate, a super PAC supporting him, has already reported spending nearly $1.3 million, according to FEC filings.

Talk to us

More in Northwest

President Joe Biden holds up a map of wildfires in Washington state as he speaks with governors about ongoing efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, and hear firsthand about the ongoing impacts of the 2021 wildfire season in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Biden sees shortages to stop climate-change fueled wildfires

The president credited Gov. Jay Inslee with convincing people “there is a thing called climate crisis.”

COVID-19 contact tracers make phone calls and log potential exposures at the Umatilla County Public Health center in Pendleton, Ore., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. In tiny Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon, contact tracers work out of a converted jail to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 as new cases surge in the rural West and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ben Lonergan)
COVID-19 surge straining Eastern Oregon hospitals

Umatilla County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Oregon, according to the CDC.

Rat
A brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region

The adaptable scavengers can sustain themselves by exploiting the sloppy habits of people.

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit near the Alaska Peninsula, west of Kodiak. (U.S. Geological Survey)
Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii after 8.2M quake hits Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor hit 56 miles east southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

Madroneagle (Wally Gudgell/Windermere)
Oprah Winfrey sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

The estate known as Madroneagle overlooks the East Sound and includes a four-bedroom, five-bath home.

King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
King County to restart inquests into killings by police

The cases include shootings by Kent, Auburn, Federal Way and Kirkland officers.

In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash. The photo, made under a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) permit, which gives researchers permission to approach the animals, was made in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center, SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research and the Vancouver Aquarium's Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Endangered Puget Sound orcas that feed on chinook salmon face more competition from seals, sea lions and other killer whales than from commercial and recreational fishermen, a new study finds. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center via AP)
Where are the orcas? Looking for food, researchers say

The endangered Southern Resident whales have been seen only one day in the Salish Sea this season.

Starting Jan. 1, 2025, people who need assistance with at least three “activities of daily living” can tap into the WA Cares Fund to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications and rides to the doctor. (Washington State Department of Social & Health Services)
Deadline coming on long-term care: private or state plan?

Washington workers will pay a premium of 0.58% of total pay per paycheck.

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood. (Seattle Police Department)
Spate of shootings across Seattle kill 4 in 24-hour period

More than 200 people in King County have been killed or wounded by gunfire so far this year.

Deception Pass Bridge (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News file)
Suicides from Deception Pass Bridge renew calls for barriers

Meanwhile, an emergency phone that calls 911 was installed on the west side of the bridge in 2018.

Officials in Pierce, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Grays Harbor counties are recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Snohomish, other Washington counties recommend masks indoors

A surge in COVID-19 cases triggered the statement by health officials throughout the state.

FILE--In this July 19, 2010, file photo, the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point, at right, are visible from Chanticleer Point near Corbett, Ore. The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity.(AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels.