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Transportation

2017-2018 Legislative Objectives

Background

Transportation infrastructure is critical to our state’s business climate and economic future. In 2015, AWB supported Connecting Washington, a statewide effort to implement transportation reforms and viable funding strategies that improve job creation, freight mobility, and commerce. With the adoption of this statewide transportation reform and revenue package, AWB supports the following transportation objectives for the upcoming legislative session.



Objectives

  • Protect commitments from the 2015 Connecting Washington revenue package; keep projects funded and on schedule; fully implement the reforms; keep maintenance and preservation dollars for its primary purpose and oppose diversion of funds to non-transportation purposes.

  • Support additional reforms that reduce project costs and delays, improve accountability, transparency, and efficiency on projects, budgeting, and the administration of programs and services.

  • Oppose regulations from other agencies that could unnecessarily drive up costs to transportation and transportation projects.

  • Support an appropriate “fix” to state licenses to comply with federal Real ID provisions.

  • Support incentives for emerging and growing technologies in alternative fuel use and infrastructure, and oppose implementing stricter fuel standards and other carbon pricing schemes that increase transportation and energy costs.

  • Oppose transportation legislation or the use of transportation resources that adversely affect Washington businesses or create competitive disadvantages.

  • Support implementation of tolling policies that are more transparent, accountable, and that improve mobility for all users in a corridor.



For More Information

130111.MikeEnnis-10For questions, please contact AWB’s Mike Ennis at 1.800.521.9325 or MikeE@awb.org

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