Legislator says Inslee's move ventures into uncharted, even dictatorial waters (TVW)
Legislator says Inslee's move ventures into uncharted, even dictatorial waters (TVW)

This statement was issued by Rep Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) and echoed by others after Gov. Inslee Thursday enacted a 'cap' on fees charged to restaurants by food delivery companies:

"This may be the current WA Governor's political iceberg.
It's FAR beyond the intent of the law by which the people have granted him emergency powers. If he gets away with this abuse, what's to prevent him from fixing other prices? Limiting sales commissions? Setting wages? Capping commodity prices? Rent control?
This is why legislators on his own side are abandoning ship. It's tyrannical. And dumb.
This has to stop."
  Walsh and the others are referring to the Proclamation Inslee issued, that caps delivery fees charged to restaurants by Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub and other food delivery services at 15%, and total fees at 18%.  Inslee issued this statement:

"We recognize the challenges posed by COVID-19 to our restaurant community, and we’re grateful to third party delivery platforms that have made it possible for Washingtonians to continue supporting local restaurants, and allowed many businesses to stay open.  However, these are difficult times. We all must sacrifice during these uniquely challenging times to both support our businesses and slow the spread of COVID-19. We encourage Washingtonians to support their local restaurants safely through delivery and take-out options that are available."

Inslee believes this will help struggling businesses, but as Walsh points out, it really doesn't; however it sets a dangerous precedent. As Walsh said, what is to stop Inslee from setting wages as well as the other items listed? This Proclamation goes into effect Nov. 25th.

Meanwhile Friday at 2:30PM Inslee plans a press conference to discuss economic relief for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. You will note it says "discuss" and not "announce."  Big difference. We will see what happens.

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