Executive Constantine commented on a state transportation funding package proposed by Senate Republicans.
King County Executive Dow Constantine this afternoon commented on the state transportation funding package proposed by Senate Republicans:
“I am glad we are having a real conversation on mobility for the people of the state of Washington.
“We are still reviewing details of the Senate proposal, but at first glance it appears to have many of the important elements we've sought from the Legislature: Preservation and maintenance funding for our deteriorating roads and highways, increased local options for cities and counties, and multi-modal investment.
“In particular, I am pleased to see the necessary funding authority that will allow people in the Central Puget Sound region to seek future expansion of light rail, although not in the amounts that are needed to meet the mobility needs of one of the fastest-growing areas of the nation.
“At the same time, unfortunately, some parts of this proposal appear fundamentally inconsistent with our values of protecting the environment and upholding the rights of labor. These components are neither needed nor helpful in keeping our region moving, and I cannot support them.
“This proposal is a first step and must be improved if it is to pass into law. I look forward to working with legislators in both chambers and with the Governor to seek adoption of a comprehensive, sustainable, and long-overdue transportation package that all of Washington can support.”