Radio Report: Barkis says Move Ahead Washington plan misses the mark in addressing the state’s most pressing transportation needs
The top Republican on the House Transportation Committee says a new transportation proposal by majority Democrats Tuesday would boost taxes and fees but does little to move Washington ahead. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.
SATTGAST: Move Ahead Washington would increase spending on transit, bicycle paths and ferries using cap-and-trade revenue and fee hikes. But House Republican Transportation Leader Andrew Barkis says the 17-billion-dollar partisan plan misses the mark when it comes to solving the state’s greatest transportation needs.
BARKIS “Our infrastructure is crumbling around us. We’ve heard from the Secretary of Transportation himself, WSDOT, Roger Millar, the 10-billion-dollar backlog in maintenance and preservation. This plan only allocates 3-billion over 16 years.”
SATTGAST: Barkis points out that’s not the only problem in the plan.
BARKIS: “We have a shortfall in these Connecting Washington projects to the tune of over a billion dollars because of time and regulations and inability to deliver the projects. And now we’re going to use another transportation revenue package to pay for the previous transportation revenue package.”
SATTGAST: A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the Senate. John Sattgast, the state Capitol.
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