Fiscal issues this legislative session

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: kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Kris Lytton: kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Jeff Morris: jeff.morris@leg.wa.gov

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.

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About sjbrooksyoung

Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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