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Association of Washington Cities honors Senator Curtis King for role in passing transportation legislation

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Yakima, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, presented Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) with a Transportation Champion award for his efforts to enact a transportation package during the 2015 legislative session.

“This past session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership,” said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King. “In particular, passage of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation package that provides tools and benefits to cities across the state was a bright spot.”

“I am happy to present this award to Sen. King for his leadership in crafting and ensuring passage of a bipartisan-supported package,” said Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci, who also serves as Vice President of AWC’s Board of Directors.

Restucci, along with Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley, presented the award to King at the AWC Regional Meeting in Yakima on November 10.

“Cities throughout the state are really pleased, and we want to applaud you for your leadership role in making this package happen,” he said.

King, who serves as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, called this “a complete package,” incorporating projects, maintenance, revenue, and reforms. King said reforms are key to the package, and accountability measures are in place to stretch taxpayer dollars even further.

“I’m pleased that a majority of my colleagues saw the prudence of investing in our roads and bridges now instead of putting those needs off and paying significantly more by continuing to put those needs off,” said King.

“I’m especially proud that this was a statewide package. There is an improvement planned for nearly every corner of Washington,” King continued. “That was important to me.”

Mayor Cawley said, “Sen. King is truly an asset to not only the Yakima Valley, but as demonstrated by his leadership in passing the historic transportation package, he is an asset to the entire state of Washington.”

“Raising taxes is never easy,” continued Cawley. “Sen. King knew, though, that investing in our transportation system was the right thing to do and he made it happen.”

In addition to funding transportation projects throughout the state, the transportation 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.

AWC 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.

In addition to recognizing King, AWC is also honoring the governor and seven other legislators at other events throughout the state for their leadership roles in passing the transportation package.