The following post comes to us from John Adams, Past Commodore FBYC 2000, of Anacortes. If you have not yet written to our legislators or have the time to sent a quick note to Senators Ranker and Haugen and Representative Clibborn, it would be much appreciated.
Good Morning San Juan Islands Officials and Concerned Citizens,
Last week I traveled to Olympia to testify in support of the Governors 10 year transportation bill that would finally bring much needed sustainable funding for maintenance and operations to our ferry system as well as to every road and bridge in Washington State. I met members of your Ferry Advisory Committee who were also there in support of the bill. I left Olympia feeling very optimistic about the bills chances of passing.
The only people in Olympia I heard oppose the bill were members of our states big oil lobby because they were being asked to help fund the bill.
Yesterday I participated in a conference call for an update on the bill and when I asked the question, ” How is our Transportation Bill doing, I lost some of my optimism, because the answer I got was not good news.
The bill is in trouble and we need your help. If it does not pass, Ferry service will suffer. The oil lobby has been very successful in doing what they always do, turning the message from improving our transportation system into one that is going to threaten their workers jobs and possibility make some of them close. Our states 5 oil refineries process 615,000 barrels of oil every day, 365 days a year. These money machines are not going to even blink because of our transportation bill, but they have made some of our legislators blink.
Another disappointment I got during the conference call was learning that our Senator, Kevin Ranker, was not fully engaged in supporting the bill. Senator Ranker is on the Transportation Committee and his seat was empty when voters in his district were asking his committee to pass this bill and the person answering my question let me know that Senator Ranker needs a wake up call. If this bill is going to regain any momentum, we are going to have to tell our Senator just how important our Ferries are and ask him to do his job and fight to save them.
Please email Senator Ranker today and call his office asking him to get behind this bill.
It would also be helpful if you could call the two primary sponsors of the bill and encourage them to keep fighting for our ferries and let they know you appreciate their support.
Senator Mary Margaret Haugen
Representative Judy Clibborn
If you will let me know how it’s going I will pass your good news on to the others on my team who are working to pass this bill. Please also pass this email to others you think would join in this bills support. Have a great day!
John Adams, Past Commodore FBYC 2000