Rep. Andrew Barkis’ statement on the passage of the 2019-21 House transportation budget

The Washington State House of Representatives recently approved its $10 billion 2019-21 transportation budget. This biennial budget funds infrastructure projects across the state including maintenance and preservation of current transportation systems, the Washington State Ferry system, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol, and other state transportation agencies.

Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee, releases the following statement on the budget:

“It is evident that we have an immense transportation system in the state of Washington with many unique attributes. This budget recognizes and provides funding for many of these aspects.

“Our state continues to experience rapid growth putting pressure on infrastructure, and maintenance and preservation of the critical systems we currently operate.

“There are challenges facing our ferry system and vessels. We're at a turning point in the next generation of our fleet as we plan for the next 50-60 years of vessels with new technologies, such as electrification.

“This budget implements and funds many of the projects of the Connecting Washington program, which was adopted by the Legislature in 2015.

“Investments are being made for much needed infrastructure, maintenance and preservation projects across our state. However, there are areas where we can better prioritize and reform how funds are allocated to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.

“Overall, this is a good budget addressing transportation needs across our state.

“I want to thank Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, for his hard-work throughout the budget writing process. The final product the House chamber approved was a great bipartisan effort with true and responsible fiscal scrutiny.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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