Freedom Foundation

Inslee’s Edicts Are Not Saving Lives — They’re Killing Businesses

This week, your Freedom Foundation is taking to cable television in Eastern Washington to expose the damage Gov. Jay Inslee’s shutdown order is doing to businesses and livelihoods by highlighting cousins Robert and Burke Bordner, owners of Slidewaters, the popular Lake Chelan water park.

Gov. Inslee’s Department of Labor and Industries pursued Slidewaters to make an example of the owners, fined them $9,000 and forced them to close for the season on July 20 — resulting in the layoff of 150 employees, aged 16 to 24.

“How is it possible that in a nine-acre park, I cannot have anyone here in a safe manner?” asks Slidewaters owner Robert Bordner. “The only thing unhealthy about this situation is Gov. Jay Inslee’s overreaching arm to shut us down.

“And that is what we are fighting for,” Bordner said. “To overrule a government that is trying to take over the lives of American citizens for their own benefit and for their own plans.”

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