Jane Fonda speaks with Washington Governor Jay Inslee about the power of individual states and what they can and are doing in regards to climate action especially in relationship to the federal government.
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About the Guest:
Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived and worked in urban and rural communities. He grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University and has worked as an attorney and prosecutor. Jay first became involved in public service in 1985 when he and his wife Trudi helped lead the effort to build a new public high school in Selah. Motivated to fight against proposed funding cuts for rural schools, Jay went on to represent the 14th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. He continued serving communities in the Yakima Valley when he was elected to Congress in 1992. The Inslees later moved back to the Puget Sound area where Jay was elected to Congress in 1998, serving until 2012 when he was elected governor. He was re-elected in 2016. As governor, Jay’s top priority is growing Washington’s innovative industries such as clean energy, information technology and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and the military. Under his leadership, Washington is consistently the only state that ranks as the best place to work and the best place to do business. Washington has one of the nation’s highest minimum wages, paid sick leave for all workers, a best-in-the-nation paid family leave program, some of the nation’s most rigorous clean air and water standards, and one of the highest union membership rates in the U.S. Since Jay became governor in 2013, Washington state has expanded voter rights, provided affordable health care to 800,000 more Washingtonians, passed the Reproductive Parity Act, stood up to the president’s Muslim ban, protected LGBTQI Americans from discrimination, raised the minimum wage, passed historic investments in public schools and infrastructure, and created one of the best clean-energy economies in America. During his time as governor, some of Jay’s top accomplishments include: combating climate change, promoting clean air and water and supporting clean energy jobs, protecting Washington’s orca and salmon populations through numerous efforts to prevent oil spills and reduce toxic substance, investing in an education system that sets up all students for success and promoting a strong economy and a valued workforce.