Most Washingtonians living in ferry-dependent communities are aware of the ongoing impact of Initiative 695, passed in 1999, declared unconstitutional, then made law by our state legislators. For several years now, WSF management has stated that the ferry system cannot be sustained at current funding levels. Going into the 2013 legislative session, the situation appears to be particularly grim thanks to recent decisions made by the Coast Guard regarding crewing numbers. This article in the Jan. 5 Kitsap Sun explains how and why things are different this year.
Hopefully readers have already contacted Governor-elect Inslee to share their ferry-related concerns with him as he assembles his new cabinet. If not, there’s still time.
Now it’s time to reach out to state representatives and senators. They are:
Sen. Kevin Ranker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Kris Lytton: email@example.com
Rep. Jeff Morris: firstname.lastname@example.org
The focus of the Jan. 5 Ferry Community Partnership meeting was lobbying efforts for this legislative session. As soon as minutes are available, they will be posted here. In addition, we will be sharing a San Juan Island-specific FCP rack card with talking points about WSF needs and local stats on the impact of the ferry system. We hope to have this available by the end of the month.