1
Feb

Bills, bills, bills

As we enter week four of the 2019 legislative session, we are officially halfway to our first major cut-off deadline. Bill introductions continue furiously, with over 1700 bills being introduced to-date. We expect several hundred (dare I say thousand) more before our first major bill cutoff, February 22. After February 22 all bills need to be out of their policy

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28
Jan

Transportation Revenue Proposal

The transportation world is abuzz with the potential for a new transportation revenue package. Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) unveiled his proposal which includes: $15 flat rate carbon fee; $ 0.6 cent gas tax increase; Statewide transportation impact fee ($2.50/square foot for commercial buildings; $1/square foot for residential and manufacturing); Passenger vehicle weight fees; Sales tax increase on auto part

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18
Jan

Culverts, budgets, “green” transportation packages, oh my …

The first week of the 2019 legislative session brought with it many legislative committee work sessions and several bill hearings. The Senate and House Transportation Committees spent much of the week hearing from state agencies and staff on the state of transportation. Presenters included WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar, WA Transportation Commission Director Reema Griffen, Office of Financial Management transportation budget

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14
Jan

The 2019 transportation landscape

Just like that we are off and running. It’s day one, and hundreds of bills have been introduced, including a number of transportation-related legislation. Serious conversations are underway around a potential transportation revenue package by Senator Steve Hobbs, and House Transportation chair, Jake Fey, is interested in a “green transportation” package that would include electric vehicle incentives and electric vehicle

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