The New Year spreads before us like an uninterrupted cross-country ski trail on Mount Spokane. While many calendars are mostly blank for 2022, Spin Control is examining its crystal ball with the aim of filling a few spaces with its annual forecast.
Or as Bullwinkle J. Moose would say, “Eenie, Meanie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.”
Prediction 1: Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman will start tabling proposals for voting initiatives later this week, move to initiatives in the Legislature later this spring, and smash the total of 137 proposed initiatives for the year. last before the end of the year. None of them will muster the signatures required to run to voters in November or lawmakers in 2023.
Prediction 2: Because the Seahawks won’t make the playoffs, Gov. Jay Inslee will be relying on college basketball metaphors for his State of the Union address. Legislative Republicans, at their post-speech press conference, will attempt to whistle Inslee for a “flop” and a technical foul.
Prediction 3: During a cold snap, climate change deniers will confuse weather and climate and point to record high temperatures as proof that global warming is a hoax.
Prediction 4: Washington’s legal growers and sellers of marijuana will continue to increase their sales and the tax revenues they provide to state coffers. But lobbyists will claim the industry is hurting and urge the Legislature to remove barriers to investors and out-of-state ownership, despite the ban being one of the initiative’s selling points. approved by voters in 2012.
Prediction 5: More counties and cities will approve ordinances or charter amendments that ban local income taxes even though no one is seriously proposing such a tax and people voting against them would have to approve if such a proposal were to occur. After each vote, the Washington Policy Center will issue a statement commending the local government for its wisdom.
Prediction 6: Governor Inslee will further test the limits of his veto powers on bills passed by the Legislative Assembly. After twice trying to veto a paragraph of a transportation bill when state law says he must veto at least one article – and after being sued by the legislature twice and the state Supreme Court has already given its approval once – Inslee will attempt to veto a single word. Rather than veto the phrase “Fuel type may not be a factor in the grant selection process,” Inslee will veto the word “not.” When lawmakers bring a lawsuit, the governor’s office will argue that Inslee didn’t veto, he just edited.
Prediction 7: After demanding last year that customers of fast food restaurants request single-use plastic utensils rather than obtaining them automatically, the legislature will debate whether customers must sign a legally binding document requiring that they are disposed of in appropriate recycling bins. The bill will be amended to require only an oath on the little finger.
Prediction 8: During a three-day summer heat wave, those who believe climate change is real will confuse weather and climate and claim that this is definitive proof that global warming is happening.
Prediction 9: Spokane County Commissioners will decide the newly restructured Board of Health is still too heavy and will decide to reduce the number again. To comply with state law which states that a board of health must have an equal number of elected and unelected members, the commissioners will make it into a six-person board with themselves as three elected members and appoint them. three unelected members.
Prediction 10: COVID-19 will mutate so quickly that the World Health Organization will switch to omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, and start using Tolkien’s Elvish alphabet. This will create a heated debate in the scientific community from those who think it should use the Klingon alphabet.
Prediction 11: Although two of Washington’s Republicans in the United States House face multiple challenges for re-election among other members of their party, United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will have relatively light opposition from the GOP. In part, that will be because more conservative Republicans in her district forgot that she voted to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, but more because so many Republicans are vying for seats on the new county commissioners’ council. five members.
Prediction 12: Speculation about the 2022 midterms will occupy most of the wired news talk until November 8, election day. On November 9, the mid-terms will be forgotten and they will immediately turn to speculation on the presidential election of 2024.