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Published on Friday, March 1, 2013

Reforms before transportation revenue package?

Update 3/4/2013: House Republicans have delayed the release of their transportation proposal and have not yet announced a new date for its release. We’ll provide an update when we know more.

As we reported last week, House Democrats released a transportation revenue proposal in HB 1954 on February 20. In response, House Republicans are calling for “reforms” and cost-saving measures before a statewide transportation revenue package. They plan to release their transportation package on Monday, March 4.

While specifics will not be released until Monday, ranking minority member of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Ed Orcutt (R-Kalama), is the lead on this topic and recently spoke to the press about some of the changes that he would like to see. These include:

  • Issuing 15-year bonds instead of 30-year bonds.
  • Exempting state transportation projects from paying sales tax.
  • Scaling back the Growth Management Act.
  • Establishing faster permitting processes.

AWC wants to hear from you. Are there changes in state law or policy that would reduce the cost of transportation projects for cities? If yes, how significant would the cost savings be? Share your ideas with Dave Catterson.

Media articles about the Republican’s upcoming proposal:

The Columbian

The Tacoma News Tribune

The Spokesman Review

Categories: Transportation