Rep. Andrew Barkis’ statement on finalized bipartisan 2019-21 transportation budget

Lawmakers in Olympia approved the state's 2019-21 biennial transportation budget. The $9.8 billion spending plan will fund essential 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, released the following statement on final approval of the budget:

“Today is a great day for the state of Washington. When we work together, we achieve great things. This transportation budget proves that.

“I want to thank Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, chairman of the transportation committee, for his hard-work, leadership and friendship. It was an honor to stand alongside him throughout the budget writing process.

“Being the ranking Republican on the budget cabinet was a unique experience. I'm thankful my caucus was part of the team, and we were able to work in a true, bipartisan partnership to produce a budget to keep Washington moving.

“This budget keeps the taxpayers of our state in mind. We worked within our current revenue streams to make investments in much needed infrastructure, including maintenance and preservation projects from the east side to the west side of the state. In addition, we provided funding for the state's aging ferry fleet.

“Today and into the future, our state faces many challenges in regards to our transportation infrastructure, population growth and the increasing costs of projects. I look forward to our continued bipartisan work as we face these challenges.”

For a complete list of budget documents go to http://fiscal.wa.gov/BudgetT.aspx

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