Gov. Inslee’s leadership has failed the state

The Herald’s endorsement of Jay Inslee for governor for another four years is disappointing. The main reason for your paper’s endorsement is Inslee’s handling of Covid-19, but you totally disregard his failed leadership on so many state matters. His mishandling of the budget, in which he doubled spending during his two terms along with raising taxes after vowing not to do so. This at the last biennium after our state’s budget surplus is unconscionable. The Herald ignores his vow not to raise taxes. He has raised taxes eight times while in office!

Inslee’s handling of the state unemployment office debacle sending $600 million of our tax money to a Nigerian crime syndicate has been quickly forgotten by your endorsement. Pure corruption and incompetence but no one is held accountable, no one lost their job. At last report there are 20,000 people still waiting for unemployment benefits. Now he is talking about raising unemployment taxes on our already suffering businesses to cover the loss. Our state will continue to lose business as they follow Boeing out of state.

Inslee was nowhere to be found during the riots, arson, and takeover of Seattle. He feigned ignorance; reporting he knew nothing two days after CHOP took over several square blocks on Capitol Hill. Then there is our growing homeless problem statewide. Again, no leadership from our governor. Two terms are enough for this man who will leave anyway if Biden wins.

Loren Culp will bring real leadership to our state government. Vote Culp!

Laraine Volpe


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