Rough first year leaves Inslee unfazed: ‘Big things take time’

The Seattle TimesDecember 30, 2013 

Gov. Jay Inslee is wrapping up his first year in Olympia, one shaped by budget challenges, legislative obstacles and even brickbats from labor, his longtime ally.

KEN LAMBERT — The Seattle Times

OLYMPIA — As first years go, this has been a rough one for Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Democrats lost control of the Senate two days before he assumed office in January. The Legislature took 150 days to pass a budget and flirted with a government shutdown. Many of Inslee’s top priorities, including gun control, abortion rights, transportation and climate change, have made little, if any, progress.

Labor groups are angry the governor urged Machinists to vote on a contract that would cut benefits in exchange for securing production of the Boeing 777X here. Meanwhile, Boeing is threatening to move production of the aircraft out of state if the union doesn’t agree.

Inslee seems unruffled by it all. He has a big sign in his office that says, “We can do hard things.” The governor argues he just needs more time to do them.


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