Sen. Fraser E-Newsletter – Dec. 16, 2013

December 20th, 2013|


Transportation Revenue Package What’s the argument about?

Dear Constituents and Friends,

As 2013 comes to an end, transportation issues continue to be a high priority for the well-being of our state, including our South Sound area.

We’re all too familiar with huge needs for congestion reduction, bridge and other safety improvements, more opportunities to use transit, safer biking and walking routes, and more cost-effective ways to move increasing volumes of freight.

Advancing a prosperous economy in Washington State also demands increased transportation investments. They are crucial to support a stable and growing aerospace and manufacturing industry.

During the Special Session in November, we enacted several major incentives to encourage Boeing to assemble the new 777X airplane and to manufacture major high-tech composite-materials components here in Washington.

Unfortunately, regarding transportation priorities, an agreement in the Senate was not achieved between the Democrats and the Republican-dominated majority.

traffic22 Motorists in the South Sound are all too familiar with gridlock on Interstate 5 between Olympia and Seattle.

Transportation Public Hearings

Earlier this fall, public meetings were held across the state to get feedback on Washington’s transportation priorities. During these, it became clear that people across the state want a transportation revenue package, and they want it now—not next year, or two years, or three years from now.

Governor Inslee and legislative transportation policy leaders have continue to engage in lengthy, intensive negotiations — so far without reaching an agreement.

You can watch the recent hearing on transportation here. You can also look up previous hearings at You can also go to the Washington State Legislature web page. By clicking on the bill numbers, you can access the TVW footage for […]