Tuesday, July 2
Business Leaders Remain United on Need for Transportation Funding
State's economic future depends on targeted investments
SEATTLE - The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Association of Washington Business (AWB), and Washington Roundtable, speaking on behalf of thousands of businesses across the state, remain committed to secure investments in key transportation infrastructure.
"We made good progress getting legislative leaders to understand the crisis facing our transportation system but our work is not done," said Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Chamber. "Our economy cannot afford stalling on transportation. Increasing investments in our state's transportation infrastructure remains a top policy."
Washington Roundtable president Steve Mullin added, "Although our goal was to pass a package during the just concluded session, we are heartened by the leadership provided by Governor Inslee, Representative Clibborn and many other members of the Legislature. We urge the governor and Legislature to continue to work on the issue, come to agreement and pass a package that addresses our state's pressing transportation needs."
"With the wide coalition of groups seeing the need for transportation improvements, we believed we could find final agreement," said Association of Washington Business President Don C. Brunell. :We will continue to push for transportation funding."
Funding maintenance and preservation of our existing roads and bridges, as well as investing in new capacity on corridors critical to our state's economy, is central to the efficient movement of goods and people in our state. Also essential are tools for local governments that would fund transit, streets and roads.
About the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 business representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.
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 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state's chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership include major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.
About Washington Roundtable
The Washington Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization comprised of senior executives from the state's major private sector employers. Since 1983, the Roundtalbe has worked to positively impact critical policy issues that foster economic growth, generate jobs and improve quality of life for Washingtonians.