OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee had some lofty goals during his first legislative session, including broad plans to expand government revenue, a transportation funding package and policy bills related to abortion, gun control and immigrant access to financial aid.
None of them passed. Even some of the successes that Inslee had over nearly six months of work were watered down versions of what he initially sought.
Looking back on the session, Inslee touted that the state was able to add $1 billion to the education system. He also cited new investments in clean energy and a climate bill as successes, although his primary climate bill was amended to remove language about the human impact on climate change.
Inslee says some of his priorities were thwarted by a Senate majority that he said failed to allow moderate lawmakers to build consensus.