Fortunato asks governor to reimburse state patrol and pay for ongoing costs

Auburn senator doesn’t want taxpayers burdened by Inslee’s campaign

Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, has requested that Gov. Inslee refund the state for expenses while he’s on his campaign trail for president.

In a letter sent to the governor on Monday, Fortunato asked that Inslee reimburse the Washington State Patrol for past expenses related to out-of-state travel. Fortunato also asked Inslee to reduce his salary during absences to offset the required boost in Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib,’s pay while he is campaigning.

“I would ask that in the best interest of the state, you refuse to take your taxpayer-funded salary, or, at the very least, reduce your salary to cover the additional cost to the taxpayers, when you are out of state on your presidential campaign,” Fortunato wrote.

“I wish you well in your endeavor promoting your so-called “Green Agenda,” but please do not take the green out of taxpayers’ pockets to do it.”

Inslee, in his second term as the state’s Democratic governor, officially announced his presidential campaign bid last Friday, saying his main focus would be combating climate change.