At the December 6 meeting of the Regional Freight Mobility Roundtable, House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn summarized current negotiations in Olympia regarding a potential transportation package.
While there are differences between the bill passed by the House and the proposal currently put forward by the Senate leadership, these differences are more about ideology, rather than differences in projects or even spending levels, she said.
The Senate proposal would funnel sales taxes from transportation project construction directly to transportation rather than into the general fund, and would allow money for the Model Toxic Control Account to be used for stormwater requirements.
The two packages also have different levels of funding for transit or bicycle/pedestrian investments.
Representative Clibborn stated that since the differences weren’t related to specific projects, that there may be room for optimism, although it may require a special session of the Legislature to be called no later than January 6, and that “all bets are off” if this doesn’t get done before the regular session of 2014.
Alex Pietsch of the Governor’s Aerospace Office delivered a presentation outlining the positive economic impacts for the state of Washington and the central Puget Sound region if the new Boeing 777x is assembled here.
Production of this aircraft would contribute more than $20 billion in economic activity, generate more than 56,000 jobs, and contribute almost $133 million in state tax revenues.
Lastly, Commissioner Roger Zabinski, Port of Bremerton, provided an update on work by the port as well on plans for the South Kitsap Industrial Area (SKIA).
Presentations from the meeting are available at the Regional Freight Mobility Roundtable web page.
The next meeting will be on Friday, February 7, 2014, in the PSRC Boardroom from 7:30 – 9 a.m. For questions, please contact Sean Ardussi at 206-464-7080 or email@example.com