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Association of Washington Cities honors Governor Jay Inslee for role in passing transportation legislation

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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 Gov. Jay Inslee with a Transportation Champion award for his efforts to enact a transportation package during the 2015 legislative session.

“This past legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership,” said Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts, who also serves as AWC’s President. “In particular, passage of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation package was a bright spot. 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.

Roberts, along with other members of AWC’s Board of Directors, presented the award to Inslee on November 20.

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 Inslee, AWC is also honoring eight legislators at other events throughout the state for their leadership roles in passing the transportation package.