House Republican transportation lead Rep. Andrew Barkis provides statement on the approval of the 2021-23 transportation budget proposal

The Washington State House of Representatives voted on and passed their 2021-23 transportation budget proposal today. This $10.9 billion 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, released the following statement on the proposed budget:

“This is an intricate and unique budget, as it is both an operating and capital budget for our state's transportation system. I am proud we can work in a bipartisan way to craft this budget, to ask the tough questions, find real solutions to prioritize and fund current projects, and keep Washington moving forward.

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

“Due to the response of the COVID-19 pandemic, transportation revenues are not in the upward trend like the state's operating budget. We continue to experience a decline of people traveling and using our roadways, ferries, and other modes of public transportation.

“These dire circumstances necessitate the need to prioritize and reform how funds are allocated. With the state's operating budget so flush, we have an opportunity to draw from it, reassign certain appropriations, backfill some of the loss in the transportation budget, and eliminate the need for new taxes.

“Given these challenges, this budget does protect current projects while meeting state needs.  And, with an influx of pandemic federal relief funds, we are able to invest in fish passage barrier removal and provide much needed funding for the state's ferry system.

“All-in-all, this is a good budget that will keep Washington moving forward. I want to thank Chairman Rep. Jake Fey for working alongside me, my assistant ranking members, and fellow Republican committee members on the House Transportation Committee to get this bipartisan budget to where it stands today.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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