Using Skype, several San Juan Islands residents and I were able to virtually attend last Saturday’s Ferry Community Partnership (FCP) meeting. The main focus of this meeting was to update FCP’s Goals for this legislative session and to discuss upcoming lobbying efforts.
Lopez Island resident, Gordon Jonasson, will be accompanying Kari Ulatoski to Olympia to meet with several legislators to discuss the critical need for a statewide transportation funding package. Remember, these funds are separate from general funds, so it’s not a question of transportation vs. education or health care or other programs funded by the state. And the consequences of an inadequate transportation funding package are especially dire for those of us who live in ferry-dependent communities.
This session is short and there’s not a lot of time left to get our message across.
I am including a link to the updated FCP Goals sheet. Those of you who cannot go to Olympia can help by writing members of the State House and Senate. Links to email lists for members of the ferry caucus and members of transportation committees for the House and Senate are available on our Contact Information page.
The FCP Goals sheet can be used as a guide. The major points to cover include support of:
- Governor’s Proposal for transportation operations and maintenance, in SB-6455 and HB-2660. It provides a statewide working transportation system and assures funds are dedicated for transportation operations and maintenance.
- HB-2053 to help pay for 2nd 144-car ferry
- Connecting Washington Task Force proposal for Capital Funding with building 3 additional boats by 2023. Washington needs 5 new boats total in the next 10 years.
- SB6518 – Concerning Ferry Advisory Committees (Sen. Rolfes)
Please close your email or letter with a statement along the lines of: “Thank you for your positive vote for a transportation package this session. This is essential for our state’s economic recovery. Our future depends on you.”