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6:19 Committee adjourns after nearly 3 hours of nearly unanimously favorable testimony. No committee discussion of the bills.
5:57 Clibborn is cutting off oral testimony at 6…after 2.5 straight hours.
5:56 Kemore mayor very unhappy with the effects of toll-related traffic diversion on SR 522.
5:44 Clark County: “We’re ready to begin a new conversation” about the abandoned CRC project between Vancouver and Portland
5:35 Eastside Transportation Association says Sound Transit shouldn’t get any new authority until they finish all ST2 projects.
5:31 Snohomish County reps appear to have gone all-in on Paine Field. Just about every rep is mentioning it.
5:30 Marysville wants grade separation of rail traffic. That would significantly speed up Cascades.
5:23 “Do you all need to stand up and stretch?” Clibborn: “No, they don’t!” She clearly wants to get through this.
5:20 Michael Shaw from Washington Transit Association “You could say we’re less than enthused with the multimodal investments in this bill”
5:15 Mercer Island City Councilmember Cero: Gas tax is just, and it scales with use.
5:10 100 minutes later, and we’re still just hearing comment from elected, nonprofits, and industry groups. Tons of interest, no actual committee engagement with the bill yet.
5:02 Andrew Austin from TCC: “We need 3 things: full ST3 authority, increased state investment in bike/ped/transit funding, and no poison pill.”
4:56 Dupont council talking grade separation at the JBLM Dupont gate I-5 exit. (STB: This must be done in a way that doesn’t preclude double-tracking the Point Defiance Bypass.)
4:50 Edmonds Mayor Earling now speaking in favor of the Edmonds sub-sea-level rail trench idea.
4:45 Kent Mayor Suzette Cook wants Union Pacific grade separation through the Kent Valley.
4:41 Todd Woosley from the Bellevue Chamber saying that new highway expansion on 405 should be palatable to transit advocates because there’s no GP lane increase.
4:40 Lincoln Vanderveen from the Bellevue Chamber: “Please increase the gas tax.”
4:38 Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace talking up bipartisanship, saying he “proud Republican” and Balducci’s “proud Democrat” cooperation is a model for the legislature
4:37 Bellevue Mayor Balducci: “Few people who live in Bellevue work in Bellevue. We do a huge swap of people every day.” Shows strong support for Bellevue HCT.
4:30 Duke Schaub from the Associated General Contractors of WA actually just used the slogan “Concrete for kids”
4:24 Association of Counties voicing concerns about the dearth of maintenance funding in the Senate bill.
4:22 Kelly Love from Vancouver Chamber now speaking in support. “We’re willing to pay our share.”
4:21 The Seattle Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the package, specifically supports ST3 authority.
4:19 Austin Neilson from the Tri-City Regional Chamber: Tri-Cities anticipate 50% growth in the next few decades, and they want lots of road funding, new interchanges, etc.
4:17 Kristal Fiser from UPS talking freight mobility, intermodal connections, and congestion.
4:15 Kris Johnson from the Association of Washington Business is now speaking in favor of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard poison pill.
4:12 KC Councilmember McDermott: “My constituents want more transit. Nothing less than the $15B will allow us to meet those demands.”
4:10 Redmond Mayor Marchione wants grade separation at SR 520 and NE 40th St in Overlake. Developer saying he can’t redevelop the area without a ramp there. Without it, it would be a purely residential project as opposed to residential/commercial. They want it done in 2018 instead of 2023.
4:05 Mayor Murray: We can’t accommodate the growth we anticipate in Seattle without light rail.
4:03 ST Board Member Roberts: “This is about building the job base we need.” Touts Paine Field as major job center.
4:02: Tacoma Mayor Strickland: “When you get off the plane at SeaTac, you can go to Seattle. You need to be able to go to Tacoma too.”
4:00: Dow speaking now. Praises 520, 405, and direct city/county funding of road maintenance. “It remains critical that the Legislature provide the full $15B funding request. Without it we just can’t get where we need to go.”
3:56: State Treasurer Mcintire: concerned about overuse of gas tax. Wants more tolling, specifically calls out I-90 for tolling.
3:55: Secretary Peterson speaking now: doesn’t say much beyond “everyone working together”.
3:50: Staff asks committee members if they want to ask any questions. Chair Clibborn: “We have a deal not to ask any questions. We’ll go straight to testimony.”
3:47: Staff reminding the committee of the proposed ST3 funding sources: .3% MVET, .5% sales, & 10¢/$1k property tax. If approved, Sound Transit would be banned from receiving state funds.
3:46: Staff report underway. You could have a drinking game using “unless a low carbon policy is adopted” as your prompt. #poisonpill
3:43: Staff report underway now, discussing details of fee modifications etc in ESSB 5987.
3:40: Sen. Liias: “We need you [house cmte] to add in full $15B ST3 authority.”
3:38: Sen. Hobbs: “I urge all of you to compromise and take some pain.”
3:37: Sen. Hobbs wants the House to put Lander overpass in their version of the bill.
3:36: Sen. Hobbs: “This is a $26B package if you count ST3.”
3:34: “There are things in here that each of us don’t like…but sometimes that’s the mark of a good bill.” Sen. Curtis King.”
3:33: Chair Clibborn kicking off the meeting by introducing the gang of four Senators who passed their package. They’ll testify first.