This picture is an aerial view of Interstate 82 in Yakima (courtesy WSDOT). It’s just one of dozens of projects that would be completed if the latest statewide transportation package is passed into law. But there’s a catch…it comes with an 11.5-cent gas tax increase.
That’s not to say it’s a no-brainer “no” vote. After all, the package proposed by the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) also includes landmark reforms that will streamline the state’s transportation system and save taxpayers millions down the road (so to speak). It will also keep the state Department of Transportation accountable for its mistakes and oversights, reduce the regulatory burden on transportation construction projects and ensure tolls are kept in the area where they are enacted, among other things.
The MCC proposal would fully fund two major projects in Yakima County: the east-west corridor overpass and bridge ($45 million) and economic development improvements to I-82 in Union Gap ($56 million). Continue reading →
I hope you are having a nice beginning to your summer. I’ve been keeping quite busy in meetings and events within our district and around the state. I’m sending you this e-newsletter today because I wanted to give you a sense of what kinds of activities I’ve been engaged in since the legislative sessions ended earlier this year.
Though the Washington State Legislature is technically a part-time deliberative body, the activities in which state senators and representatives participate occur year-round. As you’ll see below, I’ve been very active and will continue to be so throughout the summer and fall. Continue reading →
The National Federation of Independent Business has awarded Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) and me its Guardians of Small Business Award for 2012. The award is given to legislators with strong records of sponsoring and supporting legislation vital to the creation, growth and survival of small-business enterprises in Washington state.
I’m very proud to receive this award from the National Federation of Independent Business once again. In my 18 years as a state lawmaker I’ve always tried to be a champion of small businesses and have worked hard to give them every opportunity to succeed in this often-difficult environment. Continue reading →