Inslee unveils big energy tax, wont call it an energy tax (but its an energy tax)

Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address yesterday, touching on many topics but driving at just one main point: Inslee wants a broad new energy tax.

The address is one of the few bits of pomp and circumstance on Olympia?s annual calendar and shows why no one is clamoring for more (?We?re honored to have the distinguished honorary consul of Savrola here with us today?). The fluff introductions, battalions of lawmakers ceremonially escorting statewide officials, etc. takes longer than the speech itself, which clocked in at about 29 minutes.

And the speech was exactly what you?d expect from Jay Inslee. He ran down the leftist wishlist for the 2018 session: a voting rights act,? automatic voter registration, allowing Election Day registration (and immediate voting), banning bump stocks, eliminating the death penalty, and adding further abortion protections in insurance regulations.

He reiterated his calls to spend $1 billion of reserve funds on teacher salaries this year, along with more mental health spending.

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