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Association of Washington Cities honors Representative J.T. Wilcox for role in passing transportation legislation

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Yelm, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, presented Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm) with a Transportation Champion award for his efforts to enact a transportation package during the 2015 legislative session.

“I am happy to present this award to Rep. Wilcox for his leadership in crafting and ensuring passage of a bipartisan-supported transportation package,” said Yelm Mayor Ron Harding.

Harding presented the award to Wilcox on November 10 at the Yelm City Council meeting.

“My city, and cities throughout the state, are really pleased with this package and we want to applaud you for the work you did to make this package happen,” Harding told Wilcox.

“My top priority has been to rebuild the rural economy – especially in the 2nd District – so people have access to good jobs close to home,” said Wilcox. “This package will expand those opportunities, and make the necessary infrastructure improvements to help move goods and products to market.”

Wilcox said he also fought hard for reforms like practical design that will prevent overbuilding while encouraging cost-effective planning and local involvement.

“Additionally, we strengthened protections for taxpayers so they get a better return on investment than with previous packages,” said Wilcox. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for reform and accountability while promoting 2nd District values and opportunities.”

AWC Government Relations Advocate Victoria Lincoln said that cities actively urged the state legislature to enact a comprehensive, multimodal transportation package.

She went on to note that in addition to funding for key projects, the package also provides an increase in direct distribution to cities 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 Wilcox, 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.