April 9th, 2020
Letter to the editor
CONSTRUCTION IS “ESSENTIAL”
On March 25 Gov. Jay Inslee decreed that construction is not “essential activity” shutting down residential and commercial building projects, leaving some with unfinished houses
The order allows construction on government projects, but takes away thousands of private-sector jobs, with builders and contractors forced to cancel orders. Inslee’s mandate kills many trades, hurting families and the economy. Now some construction companies, roofers and others may have no choice but to leave the state to find work.
The construction industry already uses safe protocols, and the private sector should not be punished in this time of economic downturn. We should allow construction trades to continue to work as long as workers are practicing CDC guidelines the same as the public-sector workers.
Private-sector construction workers are entitled to equal protection under the law and their rights are being violated by our state government. People who would live and work in the private-sector projects in homes, apartments, and businesses are being discriminated against in favor of those who would live, work or do business in public-sector projects of the same sort.
This policy lacks a rational explanation. Does the COVID-19 virus go after private -sector construction workers more than public-sector construction workers? Are public-sector construction workers more immune to this virus than private sector construction workers? Of course not. Then why the policy? Private-sector construction should be treated the same as government funded construction.
April 8th, 2020
Today I was interviewed by Steve Shorrr with the Whidbey Buzz Facebook live, interview was about 10-12 minutes, but was edited. Hoping that the message gets out for Governor Inslee to change his policy regarding private sector-construction. Private-sector construction needs to be considered “essential,” the same as public-sector construction.
April 4th, 2020 – Press Release
Local property manager sparks movement to lift construction ban
Bill Bruch, a property manager who lives in La Conner, has gathered over 16,000 signatures from people pleading with Gov. Jay Inslee to allow private construction during the COVID-19 lockdown.
On March 25 Inslee ordered all “non-essential” businesses to shut down, including construction companies, except those working for public entities.
Bruch sent a letter to Inslee on Friday to inform him of the petition and to outline why the order is unfair to tradesmen in the state and has been devastating to many families in the state. He implored the governor to declare construction essential and put the trades back to work by next week.
“It is not fair for Governor Inslee to be picking winners and losers as to what businesses are deemed ‘essential’ and which businesses are not,” Bruch said. “Favoring public sector construction over private firms is harming tradesmen and families.”
In November, Bruch announced he is running as a GOP candidate in 2020 for Legislative District 10 State House of Representatives. District 10 includes Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties. See link to letter here, and see link to petition here.