Rep. Drew Hansen, D-23rd district, sent the following message to the Ferry Community Partnership listserv yesterday afternoon. This does look like good news for ferry-served communities.
The House just passed my amendment — the idea was originally from an amendment Christine Rolfes was pushing in the Senate — to say that (1) it’s the Legislature’s intent to fund ferries at a level sufficient to maintain full service in the 2013-15 biennium; (2) WSF’s outreach will be consistent with that intent.
I spoke on the Floor about how ferry riders fund most of the system’s operations–70% systemwide, and over 100% on the route I take to work every day when we’re not in session.
Best of all, a conservative legislator from Wenatchee (Mike Armstrong) spoke in support on the floor, calling it a “great” amendment and saying he was “glad we have those routes back.” So that’s progress!