Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, issued this statement today regarding the failure of the Senate's Republican majority to support a transportation revenue package to address critical infrastructure across the state.
“I am shocked and disappointed by the Republicans’ refusal to get behind a package to generate revenue for critical transportation projects across our state. Roads and bridges aren’t Democratic or Republican, they’re for all Washingtonians in all districts in our state. This is the first year in my 17 years in the Legislature that one party has turned its back on a bipartisan plan to maintain our transportation infrastructure.
“In 2003 and again in 2005, legislators from both sides of the aisle joined with stakeholders and voters to approve revenue packages for major transportation projects that will power our state for decades. This year, for reasons I’m at a loss to understand, my friends across the aisle made a U-turn. What’s all the more puzzling is that this package would have funded major improvements to SR-167 and SR-509 that are critical to commuters and businesses who rely on those vital transportation corridors. But when I tried to pull the package to the floor tonight, I was shocked to see every member of the Republican majority caucus vote in lockstep against considering the package and against the interests of their constituents along those corridors.
“Transportation is the backbone to a vital economy, both in the form of jobs and in the form of a strong infrastructure that drives economic development. The lack of support for a revenue package this year is a vote against jobs in communities across our state and against the safe, reliable transport of motorists and freight on our roads.”