AWB statement on House transportation proposal
OLYMPIA — Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement regarding the transportation funding proposal announced Monday by House leaders in Olympia:
"This represents an important step forward in the effort to pass the state’s first major, statewide transportation package in a decade. We are disappointed it does not include some important components found in the Senate’s bipartisan transportation plan, but hopeful they will be included in a final agreement.
"For example, we believe it is past time for commonsense reforms, including one that would allow sales tax from new transportation projects to go toward future transportation investments, and that consumers need protection against a costly low-carbon fuel standard.
"We appreciate the effort lawmakers have invested so far, and trust they will continue working to find a bipartisan solution that works for everyone. Washington has tremendous infrastructure needs and postponing the investment only drives up the project costs later."
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,300 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.