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    Sen. David Frockt on the failure of the transportation revenue package

Sen. David Frockt on the failure of the transportation revenue package

June 29th, 2013|

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released the following statement on the failure of the Senate to pass a transportation funding package:

“I was extremely disappointed that the Senate did not pass a transportation funding package in the 2013 session. This funding package was supported by the business community, by labor groups, by the environmental community and by local governments because of its broad support for important job-creation projects across the state. It was passed out of the House on a bipartisan vote but the Republican majority in the Senate blocked it from moving forward.

“The package would have created 100,000 jobs state-wide and would have provided a funding option to prevent devastating cuts to King County Metro. It would have funded key projects right here in the 46th district, like major improvements to State Route 522, an important pedestrian bridge over I-5 at the Northgate Transit Center, completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail and pedestrian safety improvements along Lake City Way and Bothell Way, among others.

“The final coup-de-grace was the procedural vote today to block its consideration. All but one Democrat voted yes; all of the members of the Republican dominated Majority Coalition Caucus voted against proceeding.

“I thank the leaders in the Senate and the House who helped the package move as far as it did and I look forward to working with them at reviving this proposal to find ways to sustain and support local transit, create construction jobs and strengthen our long-term economic future.”

Frockt statement on operating budget

June 28th, 2013|

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released the following statement on the operating budget which today passed the Senate:

“There is no question that we have done much better for higher education than in recent memory.  Holding the line on tuition requires additional direct state support to the colleges. Senate Democrats, from the first day of session, took the position that we had to reinvest in direct state support in order to do better on tuition, and we did.

“On K-12 and McCleary, we have a new investment of about $950 million. Expanding all-day kindergarten from 22% to 44% of our schools is a good step forward. I was disappointed that we were not able to secure any dedicated sources of new revenue – from unproductive tax exemptions, for example – to meet our long term educational obligations.

“I sat on the Joint Task Force on Education Funding and we developed a plan to fulfill our McCleary obligation that required about $1.4 billion this year and over $4.5 billion in new education dollars by 2018 – even more than $4.5 billion if you include issues like teacher compensation, which the state needs to do more to help with. This year, we were able to provide slightly less than one billion in McCleary funding through a recovering economy, lowering caseloads, suspending programs and a one-time shift of the $277 million from the public works account. This is not structural change.  This is piecemeal. We will NOT find $4.5 billion or more of K-12 funding through such accounting going forward. We need long term finance changes in this state that will require additional revenue and structural changes in the budget. Both sides, including ours, need to be willing to reexamine old assumptions to move forward together on this historic challenge.”

Testifying before King County Council on funding transit

June 13th, 2013|

I testified before the King County Council in support of passing a state-wide transportation package that includes funding for local transit. Declining sales tax revenue will force King County Metro to cut 17 percent of their service unless we pass a transportation package to provide more revenue for Metro. My testimony begins about 15 seconds into the clip below:

 

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