JASON RANTZ

Should rollback decisions be made at the state or local level?

May 5, 2021, 5:05 AM | Updated: 10:21 am
Seattle COVID, mask mandate, King County, restaurant workers...
Restaurants continue to require patrons to wear masks, and likely will for the foreseeable future. (Seattle-King County Public Health, Facebook)
(Seattle-King County Public Health, Facebook)

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement that he was going to put a pause on the reopening plans and not move any counties in Washington back a phase. But would it be better for these decisions to be made at the local level?

Gov. Inslee announces two-week pause on Phase 2 rollbacks

When Inslee was asked about whether or not he would be willing to relinquish some of the decision-making power to local leaders, he indicated that they’ve expressed they would prefer he have the power to shut things down.

“They sometimes have more difficulty making these very difficult decisions than the state does because when the state does it as a uniform, comprehensive approach, it has the moral force behind it that’s easier to seek compliance with,” Inslee said.

Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring disagrees.

“I wouldn’t agree with that statement. I do think they should be made at the local level,” he told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “County and city and other local leaders have been making their thoughts clear on this, have been trying to communicate the concerns we’ve hearing from residents and businesses and a whole host of others. And so I think the more local control, the better.”

Nehring says he hasn’t spoken with the governor or his staff directly, but says the governor is likely in contact with the county executive.

“But like I said on the show previously, myself and other county leaders and city leaders have sent communications via letters and other sorts of avenues to the governor and we haven’t always received responses to those,” he said. “So I have not had recent communication with the governor’s staff.”

“I mean, I don’t envy having to make those decisions,” Nehring added. “They are tough decisions, but to your point, the people at the local level are the ones who hear the most from residents, from businesses, and kind of get the on-the-ground feel for what the concerns are. And I think those are the people best prepared to communicate those and to make decisions that represent the folks that were elected to.”

Rantz: High school bribing students into vaccines with graduation credits

For now, Nehring is glad to see that Snohomish County won’t have to move back a phase.

“I think the decision today to not move back into Phase 2 at least for Snohomish County was a good one. I think common sense has prevailed in this case, which is great to see,” he said. “But we’ve talked previously about, you know, vaccinations are widely available. The data shows that businesses are not major contributors to the spread. And even recently we’ve had an increase in case counts, but the death rate actually has not risen at all. And so I think if you take all this together, it really builds a case against these sorts of rollbacks and increased restrictions.”

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

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.
2 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.
2 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. 
2 days ago
trooper...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to ‘kiss my…’ in final sign-off before vaccine mandate

A 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol signed off from his final shift with some parting words for Governor Jay Inslee: "Kiss my..."
3 days ago
Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, unvaccinated officers, seattle police...
Stephanie Klein

Seattle Police Chief asks officers to submit vaccine paperwork

As the Oct. 18 deadline to prove COVID-19 vaccination or risk losing a job looms, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz sent a heartfelt memo to officers letting them know he doesn't want to lose them.
4 days ago
Bothell Mayor...
KTTH staff

Former Bothell mayor cautions ‘defund the police’ is on November ballot

Former Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb breaks down November's municipal elections, and why the city has to mobilize against 'defund the police.'
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

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.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Should rollback decisions be made at the state or local level?