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Gov. Jay Inslee says workers’ comp legislation is going in the ‘wrong direction’

Gov. Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee said at a press conference Wednesday he’s concerned about the direction the state Senate is taking three weeks into session.

“We’ve had two actions very much going in the wrong direction, going backward rather than forward,” he said.

The state Senate passed three controversial workers’ compensation bills on Monday that were backed by the GOP-controlled Senate Majority Coalition.

Inslee said the bills are “unnecessary” and would reduce protections for injured workers. Workers’ compensation reforms adopted in 2011 still need time to play out, he said.

Inslee stopped short of promising a veto, though, saying the “third week is too early to start waving around red pens.”

The governor also said he’s concerned about proposed legislation that would reduce incentives for the renewable energy industry. “To go backwards would be a real mistake,” Inslee said.

Inslee also called on lawmakers to move forward on expanding Medicaid, calling it a “no brainer” that would save the state $142 million. The expansion is part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Watch the full press conference below.

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