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Cities honor two Snohomish County legislators for leadership in passing transportation package

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Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, presented two awards to Snohomish County legislators for their efforts to enact a transportation package that provides tools and benefits to cities across the state. Senators Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) and Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) were honored at the October 15 Snohomish County Cities meeting held in Mountlake Terrace.

“This past legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership,” said Paul Roberts, AWC President and City of Everett councilmember. “In particular, passage of a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation package was a bright spot of the legislative session. Sound legislation like this keeps cities moving forward.”

In addition to funding transportation projects throughout the state, the package provides specific benefits to cities. Cities will receive an increase in direct distribution from the collection of additional fuel tax revenues and new revenues from the multimodal account. Several state grant programs benefiting cities also received a boost in funding.

Both Hobbs and Liias acknowledged that they were pleased to accept the award.

“I’m so honored to be recognized by city leaders from around the state,” said Liias. “But the real satisfaction comes from seeing the important work beginning to invest in transportation solutions here in our community and all over Washington. My constituents sent me to Olympia to get things done. As a leader in transportation, it’s my responsibility to see that our system works for everyone in our state and also to make sure our community’s needs are met.”

“This transportation package is the result of years of hard work and is a shining example of what can be accomplished when politics and ideologies are set aside for the greater good,” Hobbs said. “This historic bipartisan agreement moves our state forward and gets people back to work. I am excited and thankful to receive this award.”

AWC also honored the governor and six other legislators for their leadership role in passing the transportation package.

The Association of Washington Cities serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. The AWC also provides training, technical assistance, and Member Pooling Programs such as the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retro, and the Drug and Alcohol Consortium.

For more information on 2015 transportation package highlights, visit AWC’s website