AWB Statement on Senate Transportation Vote
OLYMPIA — Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Monday in response to the Washington state Senate’s passage of a package of transportation reform and revenue bills.
"After 10 years without a major, statewide investment in transportation, it is time to invest in our roads, bridges and highways in order to ensure our long-term economic health.
"This is good news for Washington’s economy and for the people and employers who call our state home. We know the state can do a better job with its resources, and the eight reform bills included in this package will help ensure accountability, streamline permitting, reduce delays and reduce costs.
"We also know that consumers need protections to guard against artificial price increases that would come from implementation of a low-carbon fuel standard. Such a measure, if instituted, would drive up fuel prices at the pump, but would not pay for additional transportation infrastructure.
"Washington’s economy relies on an efficient transportation network. These investments now will pay off in the future with up to 200,000 new jobs, additional state and local tax revenue and by raising the quality of life for all citizens.
"Transportation has historically been a bipartisan issue and we applaud the bipartisan approach to both the reform and funding legislation. We encourage the House to quickly pass them to Gov. Jay Inslee for his approval."
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.