The special session for the legislature begins tomorrow. Much work needs to be accomplished during this 30-day session, including passage of the transportation package for capital outlays for projects throughout the state. For communities that rely on the ferry system to get back and forth to the mainland, funds for WSF are a small, but critical piece of this package.
Before adjourning last month, the legislature did pass a transportation budget for operating costs, but this does not include any money for construction. It’s the additional three bills that will be considered soon that will finish paying for the third Olympic class boat we need just to maintain existing service and necessary terminal construction.
The Ferry Community Partnership (FCP) met yesterday and agreed to support this transportation package. Later this week, FCP will distribute an updated Rack Card with talking points related to this legislation. The Rack Card, modified with Ferry Facts related to the San Juan Islands, will be posted here. At that time, readers will be asked to review the card and send emails to local state representatives urging them to pass the bills. We’ll keep you posted!