J.T. Wilcox

J.T. Wilcox talks during an interview inside his office at the State Capitol last January in Olympia.

On Friday, May 1, House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm,  issued a statement in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to extend his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31. 

“There are still more questions than answers after Governor Inslee’s announcement that he is extending his stay-home order to May 31 and probably beyond,” Wilcox wrote. “Individuals, families and businesses are under a tremendous amount of stress and I don’t know if the governor understands the depth of the economic and emotional toll this is taking on Washingtonians. They need hope and certainty, but they didn’t get that today.”

Wilcox said he was also disappointed because other states have produced comprehensive plans to safely restart their economies. He noted that Colorado, a member of the Western States Pact, was among them.

“I also know that phase one business sectors have been working with the governor’s office for several weeks to finalize plans and safely restart businesses,” Wilcox said. “And it sounds like it could still take weeks for their plans to be approved. Legislative leaders did not receive a briefing about the content of today’s announcement.”

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