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

The Washington State House of Representatives voted Saturday to approve the final 2021-23 transportation budget proposal, 90-6. The $11.8 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 final budget:

“This is an intricate and unique budget, as it is both an operating and capital budget for our state's transportation system.

“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.

“Given these challenges, this budget protects 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, provide much needed funding for the state's ferry system, and infrastructure, maintenance and preservation projects across our state. However, there are areas where we could 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 House Transportation Committee Chairman Representative Jake Fey for his hard-work throughout the budget writing process. 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.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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