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Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

Infrastructure Funds at Risk Again, the Time to Act is Now

Although the election is still a few weeks away, state agencies are working on their budget requests to the Governor as part of the 2015-2017 biennial budget proposal. Our expectation is that the state will be facing another large deficit, and the Supreme Court is threatening sanctions if the Legislature does not adequately fund K-12 education to the tune of an additional $1 to $2 billion. The Public Works Assistance Account (Trust Fund) and the Model Toxics Control Account will continue to be looked to as a source of funds to balance the state budget. If you have projects on the Public Works Trust Fund 2016 Construction Loan Funding Recommendations, or you are hoping to receive state assistance for toxic clean-up projects in your city or town, now is the time to contact legislators.

Take Action

  • Contact your legislators about the importance of the projects in your community.
  • Include Governor Inslee and his External Affairs Director from your region in your correspondence. The Governor will be the first out of the gate to release a budget proposal as required by law.
  • Describe what jobs will be created or retained both in the short and long term as a result of these projects.
  • Emphasize that these state funds leverage city funds too. If these projects do not get funded, local money is likely to be left on the table.