I've warned repeatedly that if you live in a "blue state" or "blue city" (i.e. one controlled by progressive-left-wing liberal politics) you need to move, sooner rather than later, because anybody not in lock-step with the politically correct administration(s) there is going to be forced into line, whether they like it or not.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) filed an emergency rulemaking package last week extending emergency powers to Democrat Governor Jay Inslee. This package, which is an extension of current mandates, grants Inslee the ability to enforce COVID vaccine mandates on all private businesses in the state of Washington, according to elected officials.
Washington state house representatives Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) and Jesse Young (R-Gig Harbor) released a statement on Monday condemning the actions of L&I.
"This mandate from L&I demonstrates a complete lack of transparency, which dilutes public trust in our government and fails to show the agency's good faith in promulgating the rule. The reality is this move by L&I is a blank check for the agency to enforce any of the Governor's mandates or edicts on private employers."
There's more at the link.
Isn't that lovely? Washington's governor finds he doesn't have enough legal authority to make the rules he'd like to make: so, instead of passing legislation or allowing the electorate to have a say, he simply has his bureaucrats introduce an "emergency rulemaking package" extending his powers. The phrase "power grab" might have been invented to justify Gov. Inslee's approach to his job, and his constituents.
This is arbitrary, capricious, and dictatorial. Washington state is deeply divided, with a coastal left-wing elite among the most progressive in the country, but a population in the interior that's of drastically different persuasion. Inslee, needless to say, is among the former group - and he clearly doesn't care if he rides roughshod over the perceptions and principles and desires of the rest of the state. He probably enjoys it.
The traditional motto during the Crusades was "Deus Vult" - "God wills it". I guess now it's "Inslee Vult", as far as Washington state is concerned. Just like divine will, any lack of enthusiastic cooperation will brand those concerned as faithless, pagan heathen, as far as the progressive left is concerned.
I truly sympathize with small businesses in Washington state. A lot of them are going to be driven into bankruptcy or closure by this edict, particularly in those parts of the state that retain an independent spirit. There appears to be nothing they can do about it - unless they move to a free state that respects their rights.
I hope many of them do precisely that.