BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Gov.-elect Jay Inslee says he has no plans to overhaul the Puget Sound Partnership, but he wants to make sure the agency chooses restoration projects based on sound science. “We have an infrastructure committed to Puget Sound’s health, and I think that is good,” Inslee said. “I think all of us know that we can do a better job of using science to determine what particular actions can give us the biggest bang for the buck.”
Inslee said he recognizes that the “paramount duty” of the state is to improve education, especially given a Supreme Court ruling that requires state government to do more to meet the needs of basic education. Whether Puget Sound programs will receive more or less money than in the past is yet to be determined, he said. “We all know we are fiscally restrained,” Inslee said. “That increases the importance of using science to make decisions. Every dollar is precious, and we can only spend it once.”
Inslee says restoring Puget Sound to health and addressing climate change at the state level will remain high priorities during his administration.