WA state refused assistance to clear snow from roadways due to county not mandating vaccines for their employees

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On Wednesday, Kittitas County released a statement claiming that the Washington State Department of Transportation refused help to clear snow from roadways because the county does not mandate the COVID vaccine for their employees.

According to the county, “On the dates of January 5th and 6th, 2022, Kittitas County received significant snowfall. This snow event resulted in the closure of Interstate 90 and HWY 97 for three days causing freight deliveries to be delayed, travel across the State of Washington impossible, and access to services significantly impacted.”

On October 18, 2021, due to a mandate from Democrat Governor Jay Inslee, Washington state fired or forced resignations of all unvaccinated employees from state agencies which resulted in hundreds of workers being released from WSDOT.

According to the county, 48 of those state employees were now “…no longer working to support the State maintenance and snow removal efforts in Kittitas County.”

The county stated that on November 30, 2021, Kittitas County signed an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation. WSDOT requested this agreement based on an identified need for additional resources caused by reduced staffing, according to Carly Brettmann, Kittitas County Communications Director.

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