Surging homelessness and collapsing temperatures have exhausted Washington, D.C.'s capacity to shelter those in need on cold nights, something city law requires. A short-term fix is underway, but advocates remain optimistic that Mayor Muriel Bowser will still focus on long-term solutions.
“There is a good way, instead of just using taxes to build a bridge, why not use a charge on pollution to build not only a bridge, but also clean air so kids can breathe. You get a twofer,” Inslee said. “That’s what we’re going to do.”