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Published on Friday, February 24, 2017

Public Works Trust Fund bills likely to move in the House, but not right away

A bipartisan workgroup of legislators from the House Capital Budget Committee has been meeting to find a path forward on a proposal for local infrastructure funding. Thanks to Reps. Beth Doglio (D-Olympia), John Koster (R-Arlington), Vicki Kraft (R-Vancouver), and Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) for their efforts.

They have been working from AWC’s HB 1677 and several market access bills. It appears that they are inclined to move forward with an amended version of the AWC bill. We will see their proposal emerge alongside the House’s overall budget proposal in about a month. We are starting to see some positive signals that the House wants to fight to preserve the Public Works Trust Fund.

It is important for you to continue to let your legislators in both chambers and parties know how important the Public Works Trust Fund is to your community. In particular, those of you with members on the Senate Ways & Means Committee would be doing all cities a favor by communicating this to your legislators.