Wash. State Economist Says He Faced Retaliation For Not Lying About Gas Prices

A satirical protest sticker critical of American President Joe Biden, with text reading I Did That, has been placed on a gasoline pump in Lafayette, California, likely to imply responsibility for high gasoline prices, December 29, 2021. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
  • A former state economist has filed a legal claim against two state agencies and the Office of the Governor for allegedly retaliating against him for refusing to keep quiet about his economic forecast on the state’s gas price.
  • For the last five years, Scott Smith of Tumwater was a transportation planner for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
  • “I tried to do the right thing, and they eliminated my job,” Smith said. “I didn’t want to quit. I’m an economist. That’s the way I think. I’ve been damaged. I’m 64 years old. I’ve got nowhere to go. They left me no other choice.”