Groups representing business, labor, agriculture, environmentalists, and transit, municipalities and others gathered in Olympia this morning in a bi-partisan show of support for the Transportation Revenue Package being considered in the Legislature’s special session.
Visitors from Spokane to Everett and many locales in between expected to hear from Senate and House Transportation Committee chairs, Rep. Denny Heck, Gov. Jay Inslee and other legislative leaders.
The proponents argue that the transportation improvement needs of the state cannot wait another year or another day to be addressed. During its regular session, the legislature agreed on a comprehensive bill to bring solutions, but no funding was attached to it.
If that money element is agreed to by lawmakers within the next three weeks, all parties expect that it will require a statewide vote to approve some level of increase in the gasoline tax, among other measures.