JASON RANTZ

Sen. Phil Fortunato slams Inslee move to stop most construction, gun sales

Mar 27, 2020, 4:51 PM
Jay Inslee coronavirus, stay home...
Gov. Jay Inslee. (TVW)
(TVW)

State Senator Phil Fortunato is running for governor on the GOP side, and joined the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH to discuss why he believes Inslee is taking the wrong approach regarding construction and what’s considered non-essential.

There’s been a little bit of confusion over the course of the last 24 hours on essential workers. The governor has put out a notice saying most construction sites are now closed down. Is that the right move?

“No. This is a difficult time. Everybody’s supposed to be rallying around, we got a crisis. We don’t want to have politics involved. Everybody is in this koombaya mode where you can’t be critical. And and to be perfectly honest with you, nobody really knows what the heck to do.”

Should WA towns with few coronavirus cases be subject to statewide standards?

“But as soon as he came out with essential and nonessential, I said, ‘This is where we part company because am I essential? Is your business essential? Who’s going to determine it?’ … Shutting down construction is ridiculously expensive. It’s going to drive up the cost of construction. If you shut it down, you’ve got to winterize your stuff, it’s open to the elements. The impact on the economy is going to be staggering, and we’re gonna have a two to three billion shortfall when you go back in January.”

How White House coronavirus task force is adding ventilators, health care access

Senator Fortunato believes that come January we’re going to need a governor who will be able to manage the shortfall without further damaging the local economy.

“My pitch to businessmen to give me money is: You know why you should give the money to my campaign right now? Because in January you’re going to have to have a governor to deal with this billion dollar shortfall, and you’re going to be looking at a B&O tax increase, income tax and everything else under the sun to fill that hole,” he said.

Are gun shops essential?

As Jason noted, it was a tad surprising on his part to see that gun shops are considered nonessential, impacting people’s ability to enjoy their gun rights.

“Well never mind enjoy your gun rights, protect yourself. We are in a crisis situation. This is like shutting down gun stores when you have some kind of public riot or something or other,” he said. “And you’re saying, ‘Well, you can’t go out and buy bullets or guns in order to defend yourself in an emergency situation. This is an emergency situation where it’s more applicable, not less.”

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

tacoma, officers, tacoma police, manny ellis, Urquhart...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Police staffing crisis in Tacoma is nearly as bad as Seattle, morale ‘decimated’

The Tacoma Police Department is dramatically understaffed as crime continues to surge across the city. Police officers are now sounding the alarms.
1 day ago
vaccinations...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Inslee firing thousands isn’t about health – it’s about forced vaccinations

Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 vaccine mandate isn't about public health. It's about power and forced vaccinations. 
2 days ago
Troyer...
KTTH staff

Pierce County Sheriff Troyer says he knew charges were ‘coming since day one’

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer joins the Jason Rantz Show to react to two misdemeanor charges against him from the attorney general's office.
2 days ago
troyer...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: State AG charges Pierce County Sheriff with 2 misdemeanors after ‘unusual’ move

Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office is readying misdemeanor charges against Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. The filing could come as early as Tuesday.
3 days ago
police, consent decree...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle mayor downplays crisis, falsely says only 24 officers didn’t turn in vaccine paperwork

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters on Monday that "only about two dozen officers have not put in their [vaccine] paperwork" ahead of the midnight deadline.
3 days ago
unvaccinated officers Seattle...
KTTH staff

Seattle mayor: ‘About two dozen’ SPD officers have yet to submit proof of vaccination

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and interim Chief Adrian Diaz both submitted final pleas to unvaccinated officers over the weekend. 
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
...
Comcast

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Sen. Phil Fortunato slams Inslee move to stop most construction, gun sales