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Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Public Works Trust Fund bill passes out of Committee – contact your Representatives now to keep it moving

SHB 2244 returns diverted revenues to the Public Works Trust Fund beginning with the 2015-17 biennium. It passed out of the House Appropriations Committee unanimously on February 11. When speaking in favor of the bill Representative Susan Fagan (R-Pullman) remarked how she had heard from her mayor, councilmembers, and county commissioners on the importance of this loan program. Representative Graham Hunt (R- Orting, and former Orting city councilmember) also spoke in favor of this bill, lending a local government perspective. The expressions of support were bi-partisan, Representative Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) spoke of the loss of jobs and critical infrastructure when these funds were swept. We also need to thank the bill’s sponsor Representative Derek Stanford(D-Bothell), Representative Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) for all of his efforts and the committee chairman Representative Ross Hunter (D-Medina) for hearing and moving the bill. If your legislator sits on the Appropriations Committee, please take the time to thank you for their vote in favor of this bill. (Click here for a list of Committee members)

Infrastructure investment is critical for our state and this loan program has been an invaluable tool for local governments to make these investments. In order to keep this bill moving through the House, please contact your Representatives between now and Tuesday, February 18 (cut-off for House bills to get out of the House) and share your stories about how crucial the Public Works Trust Fund is to your community.