Within the tweet, Inslee’s marketing campaign talked about that the minimal wage in Washington is “larger than some other state” and the “economic system is stronger for it.”
SPOKANE, Wash. — Mayor Nadine Woodward is firing again at Gov. Jay Inslee after a tweet from his marketing campaign commented on the state of Washington’s economic system.
In the tweet, Inslee’s marketing campaign talked about that the minimal wage in Washington is “larger than some other state” and the “economic system is stronger for it.”
“As a result of Washingtonians know that our economic system thrives when folks have more cash of their pockets,” the tweet reads.
Washington voters handed Initiative 1433 in 2016, setting will increase to the state’s minimal wage yearly from 2017 to 2020, when it reached $13.50 an hour.
Woodward appeared to disagree with the governor’s message, questioning the power of the state’s economic system throughout a pandemic.
“Who’s even working??? We’ve been shutdown [sic] since March, #SpokaneCounty has been in Part 2 for 3 months, companies are barely surviving and the clock is ticking for those who elevated capability exterior this summer season,” Woodward wrote in a tweet. “What am I lacking right here?”
Woodward is referring to Part 2 of the statewide reopening plan, which Spokane County entered into forward of Memorial Day weekend. The mayor has been a longtime proponent of the county transferring forward in reopening.
KREM reached out to Gov. Inslee’s workplace for a response to Woodward’s tweet. Although the tweet got here from his reelection marketing campaign account fairly than his official workplace, spokesperson Tara Lee offered a press release.
“Usually talking I’ll say that the governor has achieved various issues on this state to assist working households such because the minimal wage, paid household and medical depart, pay fairness and extra,” Lee wrote partially. “Clearly extra must be achieved to make it possible for all households get what they want, however we’ve made clear progress.”
Lee additionally identified that Washington was ranked the perfect state for employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a ranking released on Tuesday, Sept. 2, by Oxfam America.
The group based mostly its findings on wages, employee protections and employees’ rights in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Every state or territory earns a rating from 0–100 in a number of areas, that are totaled to create its rating. No state or territory scored above 80 general.
Washington scored 76.41 general, with its highest rating in employee protections.
“COVID-19 will not be solely a well being disaster, however an financial one. This has dramatically impacted everybody in our state, companies and employees alike, notably these most weak. This disaster has shined a lightweight on the significance of sturdy employee protections and the far reaching impacts of revenue inequality,” Inslee stated in a ready assertion in regards to the rankings.
“We should proceed to do no matter we are able to to make sure that employees and households have what they want. In Washington we consider you may get well a robust economic system, with out sacrificing the well being and security of employees,” the assertion continued.
Oxfam additionally ranked Washington the perfect state to work in 2018.