Association of Washington Business urges ‘no’ vote on I-976; also, listen to arguments before Seattle Times editorial board

The board of directors of the Association of Washington Business urges voters to reject Initiative 976. AWB issued a press release, saying, 

Washington’s transportation infrastructure needs more investment, not less. That’s why the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, is opposing Initiative 976, which threatens to cut funding for badly needed projects throughout the state.

“Now more than ever, Washington needs to invest in projects that get people to work swiftly, children to school safely and goods to market efficiently,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “If it’s approved, I-976 will remove billions from the transportation budget at a time when we can least afford it, jeopardizing critical projects throughout the state. We took a big step a few years ago when lawmakers approved the Connecting Washington transportation package with bipartisan support. It was the first major transportation investment package in a decade. Since then, the state population has continued to grow, further straining our transportation network. Now is not the time to pull back from investing in projects that will make our roads safer, reduce congestion and improve our economy.”

For more background on the issue, see our Monday newsletter.

Also, we encourage you to watch the Seattle Times editorial board meeting with I-976 sponsor Tim Eyman and opponents Larry Brown, president of the Washington State Labor Council, and Joel Graves from the Washington Roundtable. A good summary of the business arguments against the initiative at 6:27 – 8:15 and is restated beginning at 53:09.

The ST encourages you to ask your questions about I-976.
 
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