Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Transportation is one of the most important aspects of a thriving economy and our quality of life in Washington State. Thousands of jobs depend on movement of goods along our highways, over our bridges, over rail, and to our sea ports on the west side of the state. Many of you have heard that Gov. Inslee urged a special session in November in order to pass a transportation tax package. As a result, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus created a series of listening tours to see what the public had to say regarding transportation.
This listening tour will be in our district tonight. The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Vancouver at the Department of Transportation. I encourage you to participate tonight and have your voice heard.
The residents of the 18th District have a unique insight and great regional investment in how future transportation dollars are spent. Not only is it important that we deal with our current economic realities, but we must consider those who will inherit our decisions. You have entrusted the Legislature with planning for future generations and this is a chance to ensure they hear your opinion.
So far the events have been well attended hundreds of people participating from around the state. If you can't make the meeting in Vancouver, there are three more opportunities: Oct. 9 in Tacoma, Oct. 14 in Seattle, and Oct. 15 in Bellingham. You can find out more here: http://majoritycoalition.src.wastateleg.org.
In closing, not only do I encourage you to participate in this meeting, I would like to hear your thoughts directly. Please send me your thoughts about transportation, an increase to our fuel tax and what you feel we should be doing to help keep Washington moving. Email me at Brandon.Vick@leg.wa.gov.