Jay Inslee

Read Jay Inslee’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
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I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America
2. Invest in a Green Economy
II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality
4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism
5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality
III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University
7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security
IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share
9. Close Wall Street’s Casino
10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests
V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • “Mr. Inslee has praised the Green New Deal … for elevating public discussion of climate change and acknowledging the scale of the action needed. But he has also described it as more of an “aspirational” outline of principles than a policy document.” (New York Times, 03/01/19)
  • He will soon be unveiling his own climate agenda that will be “comprehensive,” “robust,” and involve  “a sector-by-sector approach which will be targeted to reduction of carbon pollution and job creation in each sector.” Nonetheless he has said that he would not call a national emergency over climate change if he were elected president.  (Associated Press, 03/01/19)
  • “Inslee has long been a champion of climate change action and is making the issue the centerpiece of his presidential run. As a member of Congress, Inslee backed the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that passed the House but ultimately failed in the Senate. As governor, Inslee pushed unsuccessfully for the nation’s first state-level carbon tax. He has also proposed lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and converting state ferries into electric hybrids, among other initiatives.” (PBS, 03/01/19)
  • “During his time as congressman, he co-wrote the book Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy about a program to fight climate change and boost the nation’s economy through clean energy innovation and job creation.” (Pacific Standard, 03/01/19)
  • Governor Inslee has joined the handful of other candidates who have signed the pledge to reject money from the fossil fuel industry. (nofossilfuelmoney.org)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • “Inslee supports increasing the minimum wage, which is currently $12 in Washington state and will rise to $13.50 in 2020. Inslee signed into law a guaranteed paid family leave plan in 2017, granting eligible parents 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for a serious medical condition. He also signed an Equal Pay Opportunity Act that requires employees receive equal pay and work opportunities regardless of gender.: (PBS, 03/01/19)

4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With a Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism

  • “Inslee gained national attention in 2017 when Washington state sued the Trump administration over its travel ban on visitors from several Muslim-majority countries. He supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and believes in a path to citizenship for “Dreamers” brought to the country illegally as children. He created a legal fund to help undocumented families impacted by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. He also signed a law in Washington that creates college aid for undocumented students.” (PBS, 03/1/19)
  • Inslee has expressed regret for his vote for the 1994 Crime Bill that led to increased incarceration disproportionately affecting people of color, saying that “if I know then what I know now I would not have cast that vote.” (Seattle Times, 04/10/19)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality

III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All
6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • Governor Inslee has said that he does not support eliminating private insurance companies. “I don’t think it’s necessary. And right now we need to embrace the things we can have to move towards universal health care….like a public option which we are embracing in my state. Like integrating physical and mental health. Like allowing earlier buy-in and an option of Medicare for those who want to enter into the program, like reducing the age in Medicare.” (Free Beacon)
  • Inslee told CNN that health care should move toward universal coverage “like with a public option,” as opposed to single-payer. (Washington Post)
  • Inslee has not indicated whether or not he believes all undocumented immigrants should be covered under a government-run health care program, supports partially expanding Medicare by allowing people ages 50-64 to buy into the program, supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate Medicare drug prices, supports importing drugs from other countries, or whether or not he supports having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs to lower the prices. (Washington Post, 04/09/19)
  • “Inslee backed the Affordable Care Act when it was up for a vote during his time in Congress. In 2013, as governor, he expanded Medicaid under the ACA in his state. Recently he introduced a public option health care plan to help stabilize the state’s health insurance exchange. Inslee said it would be an initial step toward creating universal health care in the state.” (PBS, 03/01/19)

IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

  • “While he has not released a federal tax proposal, he recently introduced a plan in Washington State that would increase several taxes and institute a 9 percent tax on some capital gains.” (New York Times, 03/01/19)
  • Asked about corporate tax breaks at his CNN town hall, Inslee said he was “”very disturbed” by the trend of corporations dangling jobs for such subsidies and said the federal tax code could perhaps be altered to discourage such acts.” (Seattle Times, 04/11/19)
  • In 2013, Inslee supported a “record setting” $8.7 billion tax break package for Boeing. When pressed about this at the CNN town hall, Inslee said that he “made an unfortunately necessary deal.” But that Boeing should not have been able to “threaten” the state with moving its jobs elsewhere, which he likened to “extortion.” (Seattle Times, 04/11/19)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Governor Inslee supports eliminating the electoral college and the Senate filibuster. He has also expressed that he is open to adding justices to “pack” the Supreme Court as well as implementing term limits for Supreme Court justices.  (Washington Post)
  • Inslee stands with the rest of the presidential field in supporting automatic voter registration for 18 year olds, Election Day as a National Holiday, voting rights for the formerly incarcerated, and statehood for Washington, DC. He believes Puerto Ricans should be able to vote on statehood, and is open to lower the voting age being lowered from 18 to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19).
  • “Besides the Voting Rights Act, Inslee signed into law a measure that will allow 16 and 17-year-olds [in Washington State] to pre-register to vote. Another bill allows for same-day voter registration. The fourth measure lets automatic registration for people getting state ID cards or enhanced driver’s licenses.” (OPB, 03/20/18)

V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans
11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

  • “Inslee opposes the Trump administration’s trade policies. He has said that “any punitive tariffs to the Asian markets are felt deeply” in the state of Washington. Inslee believes in a positive working relationship with trade partners and open access to foreign trade markets.” (PBS, 03/11/19)
  • “Govs. Jay Inslee and Andrew Cuomo sent a letter early today to President Donald Trump asking him to denounce Russia’s interference with U.S. elections and strengthen sanctions. The governors say Russian interference is “an imminent national security threat that transcends party lines” and it falls to the states to ensure “that every vote is protected and counted.” (Inslee press release, 07/28/19)