Jay Inslee: Climate Leader For President

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NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first 2020 presidential primary debate in June of 2019. This is the fourth in a series of BFIA’s coverage and commentary of the announcement speeches by the declared Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in no particular order.

Video below from ABC’s “The View” of March 4th, 2019. I do not know who all the players are in this video. Inslee does a great job refuting Megan McCain’s totally unfounded right wing claims that have no basis in reality. See my story on this from a few weeks ago.  

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Jay Inslee is currently the governor of Washington. He has had many major successes in that state. Not because Washington is a wild eyed liberal state, but moreso because Inslee has been able lead his state toward policy that is good for Washingtonians and good for the climate.

From the Inslee For President web page:   

“Under Jay’s leadership, Washington state has been a beacon of progress. The state has been ranked the best place to work, the #1 economy in the nation and one of the country’s leading states for clean energy.

According to The Atlantic: “On his watch, the state has boosted health care, increased access to early-childhood education and college, raised the minimum wage, expanded paid family leave, invested in infrastructure, and established in-state net neutrality, all while leading the country in job growth, overall personal-income growth, and GDP.”

Fighting climate change has been the driving force behind Jay’s career. As governor, he has enacted policies that make Washington state a national leader in clean energy, clean air and clean water.

Jay created a new Clean Energy Fund, which has invested more than $100 million in developing and deploying innovative energy technologies, and growing clean energy businesses and jobs. He passed the largest and greenest transportation infrastructure investment package in state history. And he started the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, which is pioneering research into next-generation renewable energy technologies like solar and battery storage.”

Inslee has a proven track record of leadership and solid policies. According to his website Inslee has been a progressive force in the great northwest:

“Washington has raised the minimum wage, provided paid sick leave for every worker and a best-in-the-nation paid family leave program, protected net neutrality and passed some of the best voting rights laws in the nation.

Jay’s efforts to protect Washington’s clean air and water, invest in people’s economic security and stand up for the values of inclusivity and diversity has made Washington state “the epicenter of resistance to Trump’s agenda.”

Under Jay’s leadership, Washington created thousands of clean energy jobs, dramatically expanded voter rights, protected LGBTQI Americans from discrimination, provided affordable health care to 800,000 more Washingtonians, passed Reproductive Parity for all women, became the first state to stand up to Trump’s Muslim ban, and passed historic investments in public schools, teacher pay and infrastructure. “

These are policies that progressives in most other states only dream of. Now he wants to do it for the country.

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