Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced three members of his transition team yesterday, just as the state revenue council announced their prediction of a $900 million budget shortfall over the next two years. Inslee spoke with KUOW’s Steve Scher about his approach to closing that gap and his role in supporting the initiative that passed recreational use of marijuana.
Inslee said he hopes to succeed in convincing the federal administration to respect the will of Washington voters to legalize marijuana use.
“I believe this is a local decision; it should be made by local voters,” said Inslee. “I was not supportive of the [marijuana] initiative, but I am going to be assertive in arguing with the administration to respect the federalism of our state.”
Inslee said that history reflects successful models where states move forward with new policies outside of federal mandate.
“There is no national security reason the federal government would have to intrude on our own decision making; there’s no environmental reason. This is a local decision with local impacts,” said Inslee.