About Inside Olympia:
Hosted by Austin Jenkins, Inside Olympia is TVW’s in-depth interview program. We bring the governor, state legislators, and other state elected officials and leaders into our studio for unedited conversations about the top issues of the day.
Inside Olympia premieres Thursdays at 7pm & 10pm and repeats throughout the week. Also airs on KBTC-Tacoma, KSPS-Spokane, KWSU-Pullman and KTNW-TriCities.
The show is on hiatus during July and August.
Meet the Host:
Since 2008, Austin has hosted “Inside Olympia,” the state’s longest running public affairs program Known as “tough, but fair” Austin seeks to explore and make sense of the public policy debates, issues of our time and challenges facing the state. When he’s not hosting “Inside Olympia,” Austin covers the Washington state Capitol, politics and public policy for the Northwest News Network. Previously, Austin was a television reporter in Seattle, Portland, Boise and elsewhere. Austin is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington. Austin resides in Olympia with his wife Jennifer, children Jack and Sophie and dog Ginger. Follow Austin on Twitter: @AustinJenkinsN3
Most Recent Episode:
February 18, 2021
Washington’s new Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck served 8 years in Congress, and before that founded TVW the state’s version of C-SPAN, was chief of staff to Governor Booth Gardner, and was speaker of the State House. We discuss his goals and priorities as lieutenant governor, plus look back at his years in Congress and the political discourse in Washington, D.C.
Part of the lieutenant governor’s role is economic development. Heck said he will push broadband buildout to underserved areas in Washington, including rural areas, but also “broadband deserts” in urban and suburban areas.
While Heck doesn’t have a voting role on legislation, except to break ties in the State Senate as its presiding officer, he thinks a capital gains tax is likely to make it to the governor’s desk this session.
New Washington State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti served 2 terms in the State House, and before that was an assistant state attorney general prosecuting health care fraud and elder abuse, as well as a deputy prosecutor for King County. We talk about the role of the state treasurer, and the particular stamp he intends to put on the office.
One role of the treasurer is to advise the Legislature on financial issues. Pellicciotti weighs in on the use of the state’s so-called “Rainy Day” fund to help recover from COVID. He approves of its use, but says the Legislature should immediately begin replenishing the fund, which should only be tapped in extraordinary economic circumstances.